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2014 Winter Olympics: Bode Miller falters at men's downhill

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He had given the best practice run on the men's downhill event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the athlete expected to win the downhill race, Bode Miller, surprisingly faltered when he should have been confident enough to win.

He ended up out of the medals running during the finals on February 9, 2014.

It all took place on Sochi's Rosa Khutor course.

"Exciting viewing but that's sad for Bode Miller," says San Francisco resident, Alice Marshall.

In the end, it was Austria's Matthias Mayer who took the gold with an awe-inspiring timing of 2:06:23. This is the second Olympic win for the Mayer family. Father Helmut won the silver at the super-g back in Calgary in 1988.

For the 2014 Olympics, however, Christof Innerhofer took the silver with a time of 2:06:29 and the bronze went to Kjetil Jansrud from Norway.

It was Travis Ganong who took the highest placement for Team USA. He briefly took the bronze medal slot, but finished fifth in the end. Miller was eighth. In the 50-man field, two Americans, Steven Nymand and Marco Sullivan placed 27th and 30th.

Another surprise was that Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway came in fourth, but he had been expected to medal in the downhill final.

And Miller's failure to medal wasn't the only surprise of the downhill final. He is still, at the young age 36, able to qualify as the oldest man to ever win an alpine medal at the Olympics.

He will next be at an event at the 2014 Olympics when he appears at the super combined, scheduled for February 13th.

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