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Miller Charging Up For Olympic Runs

  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose for photos after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose for photos after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose for photos after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose for photos after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety celebrates after his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first in the event ahead of teammate Bode Miller and Austria's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Ted Ligety celebrates after his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first in the event ahead of teammate Bode Miller and Austria's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Ted Ligety celebrates after his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first in the event ahead of teammate Bode Miller and Austria's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Ted Ligety celebrates after his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first in the event ahead of teammate Bode Miller and Austria's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Austria's Philipp Schoerghofer clips a gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Austria's Philipp Schoerghofer clips a gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Austria's Philipp Schoerghofer clips a gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Austria's Philipp Schoerghofer clips a gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Ted Ligety makes a turn during a men's World Cup super-G skiing event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety makes a turn during a men's World Cup super-G skiing event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

  • Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

  • Bode Miller pumps his fist after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Bode Miller pumps his fist after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Bode Miller pumps his fist after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Bode Miller pumps his fist after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

    Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

  • Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

    Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)

  • Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen pumps his fists after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen pumps his fists after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen pumps his fists after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen pumps his fists after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Bode Miller comes off a turn during the men's World Cup super-G skiing event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Alessandro Trovati)

    Bode Miller comes off a turn during the men's World Cup super-G skiing event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Alessandro Trovati)

  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose on the podium after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose on the podium after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose on the podium after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose on the podium after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event and winning the race, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event and winning the race, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event and winning the race, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event and winning the race, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Bode Miller makes his way down the course during his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Bode Miller makes his way down the course during his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety raises his arm in celebration after crossing the finish line to win the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety raises his arm in celebration after crossing the finish line to win the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety raises his arm in celebration after crossing the finish line to win the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety raises his arm in celebration after crossing the finish line to win the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Bode Miller reacts after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller finished in second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Bode Miller reacts after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller finished in second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Bode Miller reacts after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller finished in second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Bode Miller reacts after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller finished in second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety, right, and Bode Miller stand on the podium after finishing first and second in the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety, right, and Bode Miller stand on the podium after finishing first and second in the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Ted Ligety, right, and Bode Miller stand on the podium after finishing first and second in the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Ted Ligety, right, and Bode Miller stand on the podium after finishing first and second in the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Ted Ligety clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety makes a turn on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety makes a turn on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety makes a turn on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Ted Ligety makes a turn on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose for photos after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose for photos after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety celebrates after his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first in the event ahead of teammate Bode Miller and Austria's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Ted Ligety celebrates after his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first in the event ahead of teammate Bode Miller and Austria's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Ted Ligety celebrates after crossing the finish line of his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety won the even in front of teammate Bode Miller and Austira's Marcel Hirscher. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Austria's Philipp Schoerghofer clips a gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Austria's Philipp Schoerghofer clips a gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Ted Ligety makes a turn during a men's World Cup super-G skiing event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)
  • Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)
  • Bode Miller pumps his fist after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Bode Miller pumps his fist after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)
  • Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)
  • Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen pumps his fists after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen pumps his fists after finishing his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Bode Miller comes off a turn during the men's World Cup super-G skiing event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Alessandro Trovati)
  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose on the podium after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • From left, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose on the podium after completing the second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety took first place followed by Miller in second and Hirscher in third. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event and winning the race, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event and winning the race, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Bode Miller makes his way down the course during his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller took second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety raises his arm in celebration after crossing the finish line to win the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety raises his arm in celebration after crossing the finish line to win the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Bode Miller reacts after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller finished in second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Bode Miller reacts after finishing his second run of the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller finished in second place behind teammate Ted Ligety. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety, right, and Bode Miller stand on the podium after finishing first and second in the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Ted Ligety, right, and Bode Miller stand on the podium after finishing first and second in the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Ted Ligety clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety makes a turn on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
  • Ted Ligety makes a turn on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Beaver Creek, Colo. — Ted Ligety leaned over his skis as far as gravity would allow, trying to get across the finish line just a little quicker.

In this race, that was hardly necessary.

Soon, it might make a big difference. After all, there’s now another competitor for him to worry about, one he knows quite well: Bode Miller.

Sure, Ligety remains the king of the giant slalom, winning his fourth straight World Cup race in that discipline Sunday, but Miller is catching up in a hurry and in perfect time, too, with the Sochi Games two months away. That surgically repaired left knee — the one that kept him out for a full season — is really no longer a bother.

Ligety completed the technical course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 35.77 seconds, eclipsing Miller by 1.32 seconds. Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.

That wasn’t how Ligety envisioned things turning out. It’s usually Ligety, Hirscher and Alexis Pinturault of France on the GS podium, but Miller crashed the party and bumped Pinturault to fifth.

It’s the first time the Americans have placed two skiers on a GS podium since 2005, when Miller and Daron Rahlves went 1-2.

“To share the podium with Bode is awesome. But I’m a little surprised, actually,” said Ligety, who also became the first to capture four straight World Cup giant slalom races since Italy’s Alberto Tomba accomplished the feat in 1991. “It was impressive how he was able to bring his intensity up and put down some impressive runs. That’s cool to be able to have another American guy challenging me up there.”

Miller agrees.

“I wanted to make sure when I got to the finish line to at least let him know I was coming for him and there was no coasting.”

To think, there were those who told him he’d never be a good technical skier again, that he should stick to the speed events. This performance, Miller said, was for all those who doubted him as he recovered from what could’ve been a career ending knee surgery nearly 22 months ago.

“A little bit of redemption today,” said Miller, who earned his 76th career podium finish.

While everyone else tries to emulate Ligety’s giant slalom style — so smooth and so effortless — Miller is taking a different road. He’s skiing the way he skis and just seeing what happens.

He’s not a follower, never has been, something Ligety appreciates.

“If you try to copy somebody’s technique, you’re going to be several steps behind them all the time,” Ligety said. “Because nobody does it better than the original. You have to make it your own thing.”

Miller definitely does at that.

When Miller stepped into the starting gate for his final run, his wife, Morgan, could barely watch the big screen. As he maneuvered through the course, she jumped up and down, along with the capacity crowd.

And when he finished, she threw her arms up in the air while Bode Miller waved his ski pole.

“He’s back,” Morgan Miller said.

Yep, he sure is.

That Ligety surpassed his electric run was something Miller almost expected.

“He’s a really clutch performer in those kinds of situations,” Miller said. “But I wanted to make sure when I got to the finish line to at least let him know I was coming for him and there was no coasting.”

To think, there were those who told him he’d never be a good technical skier again, that he should stick to the speed events. This performance, Miller said, was for all those who doubted him as he recovered from what could’ve been a career ending knee surgery nearly 22 months ago.

“A little bit of redemption today,” said Miller, who earned his 76th career podium finish.