Bode Miller continued to showcase his new-found maturity and competitive edge in Vancouver on Friday as he claimed the silver medal in the men’s super-G race.
Miller, who added to the bronze he scooped in the downhill earlier in the week, gave the United States its seventh multiple medal performance of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. On a personal level, it made him America's most highly-decorated alpine skier of all time.
The gold medal went to Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who covered the course in 1:30.34, edging Miller’s 1:30.62 by 0.28 seconds. America's Andrew Weibrecht was just 0.03 behind his team mate.
The two medals by Miller and Weibrecht triple the US total in the event. The only other medal an American had won in the men’s super-G was Tommy Moe’s silver, which he won on his birthday at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
Miller’s silver medal now gives him four Olympic alpine skiing medals, the most ever by an American. His medals to date (two silvers in 2002, silver and bronze in 2010) give him the following rankings in Olympic alpine skiing:
• Joint eighth all-time for most medals.
• Joint fourth all-time, trailing Norway’s Kjetil André Aamodt (eight), and Norway’s Lasse Kjus and Italy’s Alberto Tomba, with five each.
• Joint first all-time for most silver medals—three, tied with Norway’s Lasse Kjus.
Miller is the only alpine skier with four or more Olympic medals without a gold medal, and he becomes the ninth Olympic alpine skier to win two or more medals at two separate Olympic Winter Games.
The others are Aamodt, Janica Kostelić, Anja Pärson, Kjus, Tomba, Vreni Schneider, Hermann Maier, and Benjamin Raich.
Miller's four medals also moves him into a tie for sixth on the U.S. list of most medals by an American at the Olympic Winter Games, and he is the only non-speed skater with four or more.
Bonnie Blair and Apolo Ohno each have six medals, while Eric Heiden owns five. Dianne Holum and Chad Hedrick each won four, as did short track specialist Cathy Turner.
For Team USA, the fifth and sixth alpine medals won by Miller and Weibrecht represent the most ever won by an American team at the Winter Olympics.
The Americans won five in total in 1984 (three gold, two silver), and they had only previously won more than two on three other occasions (1960, three silver; 1964, two silver, two bronze; and 1994, two gold, two silver).
Should Team USA finish the Games with the top medal count in the alpine skiing competitions, it will mark just the second time that has happened. The last was in 1984, when both the men's and women's team topped the alpine medal charts.
It represented the first time the men had won more alpine medals than any other nation, and just the third time for the women (after 1952 and 1960).
Miller, slammed by the media for his apparent failures in Torino four years ago, appears to be back very close to his best. Behind him, Team USA has once again one of the most feared ski teams at the Olympics.