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Miller skis out of course

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Bode Miller made the kind of mistake that happens in skiing, especially for a risk-taker like him.

He lost control and failed to finish his first run down the giant slalom course, ending his chances for a record fourth Alpine medal at a single Winter Games.

It’s kind of fitting for a guy who likes to go against the grain. His Vancouver results could be called a Bode Slam: a gold, a silver, a bronze and a DNF (did not finish).

Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the event.

Miller almost crashed during the top half of his run, got straightened out, but then couldn’t stay on line coming out of a gate in the second half.

“I’m taking more risk than everyone else,” Miller told The Associated Press. “That’s partly why I’m able to get medals. It looks easy when you make it. When you crash like today, it’s like, ‘Oh, huh?’”

Miller still has one race left, the slalom, and until Saturday to rest up for it.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway got the bronze, joining Miller with three Alpine medals. American Ted Ligety finished ninth.

NORDIC COMBINED — Americans took silver in the Nordic combined, making it 26 medals — breaking their record a Winter Olympics not held in the United States. Germany is closing in with 22. Both have seven gold medals.

Johnny Spillane became the first American to win a medal in this event, getting silver earlier in these games. Now he’s got another — and sharing it with his friends.

The team of Spillane, Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Brett Camerota was a narrow second in the team relay event, which combined jumping off the large hill, then a 4-by-5 kilometer relay.

Demong had a slight edge over Austria’s Mario Stecher heading into the stadium but stumbled at the turn and watched the Austrian zoom past him on the straightaway.

WOMEN’S SKICROSS — Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor won the debut of women’s skicross and Russia won the women’s biathlon relay by such a wide margin that the final skier slowed to give high-fives to fans and to blow kisses. Austria won the Nordic combined relay.

Norway got silver in the skicross race, and it was the country’s 300th Winter Olympics medal, most of all countries. Norway became the first to 100 golds last week.

BIATHLON — About the only thing that went wrong for the Russians was no one near the finish line offering up their flag. That was why Olga Zaitseva slowed to the finish and ended up giving high-fives and blowing kisses.

“Apparently people were extra cautious, so they wouldn’t give me a flag,” Zaitseva said.

The Americans were 17th.

CURLING — A day after the U.S. men were eliminated, the women were, too, following a loss to China.

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