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From top of world to bottom of pack: Ted Ligety, Bode Miller have ups and downs

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What a difference a week makes! From a world cup "1-2" podium to an "uno dos adios", Ted Ligety and Bode Miller withstand the highs and lows of alpine skiing.

At this weekend's FIS World Cup alpine competition in Val d’Isere, France, these Winter Olympic medalists fell from grace - ending up as also-rans in both Saturday's grand slalom and Sunday's slalom races.

Just a week earlier, they cherished their gold-silver finish in another world cup giant slalom contest in Beaver Creek, CO.

But, this week saw them free-falling into the depths of the standings. In Saturday's giant slalom, they battled a tough course topology - both skiing-out in the first run.

"Just a little bit (of) bad luck on my part today," Ligety said. "This course is always super, super bumpy and miserable to ski so I wasn't surprised by that at all."

Seeking redemption on Sunday, these past world cup champions challenged themselves in the slalom to regain their podium status. Miller once more failed to finish his first run.

While Ligety fared a bit better, carving to the 39th spot in the first heat, he failed to finish the second heart.

In their defense, U.S. men’s Alpine Coach Sasha Rearick said, "It was very hard snow but very grippy. We’ve been training on ice getting ready for Val d’Isere and we didn’t make that transition very well today."

They next race in Val Gardena, Italy later this week to resume their run to qualify for the Sochi Olympics.

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