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Bode Miller gets off to rough start in Austria

January 26, 2010 | 11:27 am

After sitting out of Sunday's World Cup slalom to rest a sore ankle, Bode Miller didn't fare well in his return to competition today.

Bode_miller_blog_kwvgytn Miller finished 26th on his opening run of a World Cup night slalom in Austria after nearly falling midway through the course. Miller managed to qualify for a second run after using his arm to push himself back up during the run.

The two-time Olympic silver medalist finished more than three seconds behind leader Manfred Pranger of Austria, the defending slalom world champion.

Miller, who won a World Cup super-combined event on Jan. 15, is looking to improve his competitiveness in slalom heading into next month's Winter Olympic Games.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Bode Miller. Credit: Mitchell Gunn, U.S. Presswire.