Double dip for U.S. skiers as Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn win World Cup downhills

Bode Miller flying to victory on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek.

Call it a red, white and blue day on the slopes, as Americans Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn both won World Cup Downhill races.

Miller came first at Beaver Creek, employing a strategy that was so bold, the line he took on the Birds of Prey course so aggressive, that he admitted afterward he was “nervous” in the starting gate. Everything turned out well, though, allowing Miller to claim his 33rd World Cup victory and third downhill win at the Colorado resort. Read where Didier Cuche, Ted Ligety and the rest of the field finished in this story.

Then it was Vonn’s turn. She crushed the field in a downhill at Lake Louise, beating all but one racer by at least two seconds in the World Cup downhill in Alberta. Julia Mancuso got off to a terrific start, but didn’t finish as strongly. Learn what happened to her and learn more about Vonn’s big day in this story.

It’s not the first time Miller and Vonn have won on the same day: the two “doubled” during the 2005 season as well.

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