Kroell Takes Tight Downhill in France

Top 5 skiers separated by .08

Feb 3, 2012
Outside Magazine

Austria's Klaus Kroell won a remarkably close downhill in Chamonix, France, on Friday, with a .01-second winning margin over U.S. skier Bode Miller. Kroell, 31, ended a season-long drought in downhill for the Austrian Ski Team, which has historically dominated the event. "Having waited so long it's a great joy, and a great relief," he said. Behind Miller, overall downhill leader Didier Cuche was third after winning three consecutive downhill races before Friday. The top five skiers were separated by only .08 seconds. "The courses seem to be easier," Miller said. "A lot of these races are unbelievable close. That's a challenge in itself to really make sure that you stay focused and pay attention to the things that matter."

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