Super-G bodes well for Miller

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ARE, Sweden -- Bode Miller would seem to have everything going his way to defend his super-G title at the world championships today.

The American won the last super-G raced on this course and leads the World Cup discipline standings after winning two of three super-G races so far this season.

"Right now my whole setup, my boots and skies are better than they've ever been before," Miller said. "I feel as comfortable to jump on those as I have ever felt, which is super-important in super-G."

But there are a few good reasons Miller might not repeat: Hermann Maier, Aksel Lund Svindal and Didier Cuche.

John Kucera of Calgary, the World Cup winner at Lake Louise, Alta., and bronze medallist at Val Gardena, Italy, could also be a threat.

OH BABY, THAT'S NOT FAIR

ARE, Sweden -- A women's group criticized Italy's ski team for excluding Daniela Ceccarelli from the world championships less than three months after she gave birth to her first child.

The Italy-based group Telefono Rosa said the exclusion was "an attack on a woman for only one reason -- maternity."

Ceccarelli, who won the super-G at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, had a baby girl on Nov. 16 and returned to the World Cup ski circuit in mid-January. She has entered four World Cup races this season, with her best finish 17th in a super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, on Jan. 19.

SWISS WIN SNOWBOARD

BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- Switzerland's Roland Haldi and Fraenzi Kohli won snowboarding World Cup parallel giant slalom races.

Kohli won the women's event, ahead of Austrian duo Heidi Neururer and Doresia Krings. Kimiko Zakreski of Calgary was seventh.

SHANI WINS GRIEVANCE

NEW YORK --Olympic champion Shani Davis has won his grievance against U.S. Speedskating in a dispute over his failure to wear certain sponsor logos on his racing suit.

Davis, who won a gold medal in the 1,000 metres and a silver in the 1,500 in the 2006 Turin Games, was awarded compensation equal to four months of the training stipend provided by U.S. Speedskating.


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