Austrian Hannes Reichelt captured his first world title with a win in Thursday’s super-G at the Alpine World Championships in Vail, Colorado, reports the AP.
The race, postponed a day due to snowy conditions, was a disappointment for the American hopefuls. Defending world champion Ted Ligety couldn’t replicate his past success, finishing ninth. Travis Ganong did not finish after missing a gate. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller crashed hard during his run, suffering a gash on his right leg. He was able to finish the race after retrieving his gear, the Denver Post reports.
The race marked Miller’s season debut after back surgery in November kept him out of the season’s first races. It’s unclear if he will be able to race this weekend’s downhill and combined races. Before the crash, Miller had been skiing quickly and aggressively, setting new best times at each intermediate time check. “His ski hooked up, and that pushed him into the gate a little bit and he caught his arm,” teammate Ganong told USA Today. “He was a little unlucky. He was having an amazing run going for a medal. He was pushing harder than I’ve seen him push all year long, and it was working.”
Watch Miller's crash—you may want to avert your eyes at the end: