Miller sets pace in Lake Louise training session
Defending overall champion Bode Miller had the fastest run in Wednesday's training session for this weekend's season-opening men's World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alta.
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Miller, who won at Lake Louise in 2005, negotiated the three-kilometre Olympic course in one minute 47.22 seconds.
The American veteran bolted from the bottom of the hill without speaking to reporters.
Austrian skiers Klaus Kroell and Michael Walchhofer finished second and third in 1:47.30 and 1:47.40, respectively.
Calgary's John Kucera was the top Canadian, placing 15th in 1:48.06.
"As far as the first training run for me, it is looking not too bad," said Kucera, winner of the Lake Louise super-giant slalom in 2006.
"Usually I'm quite a way out. There are good things to build on for the weekend, there are lots of places where I think I can find some time.
"There were a lot of sections where I wasn't so clean. There were some places for improvements."
Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., ranked 20th in 1:48.58 as he tries to regain the form that earned him five podium finishes, including a downhill triumph at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 2006-07.
"I'm not right in the game like I should be or like I would like to be," Guay said. "You have to find out what happened, what didn't work on the run and work out the kinks.
"I'm not the fastest on the team. But I'm not the slowest either.
"There is a lot of work to do on both sides. It is back to the drawing board tonight."
Francois Bourque of New Richmond, Que., placed 23rd in 1:48.68, while North Vancouver's Manuel Osborne-Paradis was disqualified for missing a gate.
Others Canadian results were: Robbie Dixon of North Vancouver in 31st (1:49.10); Louis-Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., in 41st (1:49.86); Jeffrey Frisch of Mont-Tremblant, Que., in 71st (1:51.04); and Paul Stutz of Banff, Alta., in 79th (1:52.07).
With files from the Canadian Press