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Miller tops final Olympic downhill training run; Guay eighth

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The Canadian Press
2/8/2014 4:09:20 PM
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Firmly establishing himself as a gold medal favourite, Bode Miller was fastest Saturday in the final Olympic downhill training run.

Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursday's opening training session.

Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was eighth with a time of 2:07.84. Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Ivermere, B.C., finished 11th in 2:08.20, while Benjamin Thomsen, also from Ivermere, was 16th in 2:09.19.

Calgary's Jan Hudec and Morgan Pridy of Whistler, B.C., did not do Saturday's training run.

Miller already owns a U.S.-record five Olympic Alpine medals, including three from the 2010 Winter Games. Another triple medallist in Vancouver, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, was second-fastest Saturday, 0.66 behind. A pair of Italians were next: Peter Fill and Werner Heel.

Ten of 55 starters failed to finish. The first racer, Rok Perko of Slovenia, bloodied his face in a crash.

Bode Miller (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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