KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Emerging Swiss standout Beat Feuz celebrated his 25th birthday by winning the inaugural World Cup downhill Saturday on the course for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
American Bode Miller was fastest midway down but then made a big mistake and finished fourth, missing the podium by just 0.02 seconds.
For his third win of the season, Feuz clocked 2 minutes, 14.10 seconds down the long and highly technical Rosa Khutor slope.
Another 25-year-old, Benjamin Thomsen of Canada, finished second, 0.27 seconds behind, and Adrien Theaux of France was third, 0.59 back.
A super-combined race is scheduled for Sunday, then the women’s circuit arrives and begins downhill training on another all-new course Wednesday.