More at ease with himself than at the 2006 Olympics, US alpine skier Bode Miller put down an impressive slalom run to win gold in the men's combined event Sunday.
The US has won six alpine skiing medals in the first four events, the most it has ever won in a single Winter Olympics – and Lindsey Vonn's best event, the super-G, is today.
The debacle in Turin turned many Americans against Bode Miller, despite his historic success in alpine skiing. Winning silver in the men's super-G Friday – along with his earlier downhill bronze – has given Americans a better measure of the skier.
Two unexpected medals from Americans Bode Miller (silver) and Andrew Weibrecht (bronze) in the men's super-G inflated America's already big lead in the Winter Olympics 2010 medal table.
Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht had a 2-3 finish for USA skiing in the Olympic super-G. Edging them out was Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
Bode Miller, who added a silver medal to his tally in the super-G on Friday, is one of many Olympic athletes who embrace the technical materials side of their sport -- in this case his skis -- to reach maximum performance.
The US won a record six medals in one day Wednesday, including three ascendant performances for gold by Lindsey Vonn, Shani Davis, and Shaun White.
Behind every well-maintained Whistler Olympic alpine ski course are the Whistler Weasels, who volunteer to rise at all hours and put in long days.
GOLD: Lindsey Vonn reacts after completing the Women's Downhill course in Whistler, British Columbia on Wednesday. Vonn won by nearly half a second and became the first American woman to win gold in the event.
For American Bode Miller, bronze in the men's downhill Monday was a sign of how much his attitude toward the Winter Olympics has changed since Turin.