Bode Miller dominates downhill training in Kitzbuehel

Bode Miller looks solid heading into final World Cup before Sochi. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

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Bode Miller led a training session for the classic Hahnenkamm race by a huge margin on Thursday, leaving his World Cup rivals in awe just 17 days before the Sochi Olympics downhill.

Miller was well ahead of the field from the first split time and finished in 2 minutes, 2.93 seconds on the challenging Streif course.

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal came 0.96 back in second, while third-place Hannes Reichelt of Austria finished a massive 2.35 seconds behind the American.

Last year’s winner Dominik Paris of Italy trailed Miller by 3.21 in 10th.

It was the only training run before Saturday’s race after mild temperatures softened the snow and made runs earlier this week impossible.

The race is the penultimate downhill before the Olympic race on Feb. 9.