KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (NEWS CENTER) - Carrabassett Valley Academy alum Bode Miller came into his first event at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday a pre-race favorite to win gold. However, the missed out on the podium altogether.
After finishing as the top qualifier heading into the alpine skiing downhill, the Easton, N.H., native finished with a disappointing eighth place.
Miller made a critical mistake in the middle of the run when he clipped a gate causing him to lose speed on the subsequent flat porition of the course.
He finished with a time of 2 minutes 6.75 seconds, 52 hundredths behind gold medalist Matthia Mayer of Austria. Travis Ganong was the top American finisher at fifth with a time of 2 minutes, 6.64 seconds.
As for Miller, the most decorated in alpine skier in U.S. history with five Olympic medals, he has three races remaining: the Slalom, Super-G, and combined events. The Super Combined (Downhill and Slalom) is on Friday.