Bode Miller leads US skiers in return to World Cup training

WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) Bode Miller returned to the World Cup circuit on Tuesday as the fastest American skier in a downhill training run on the classic Lauberhorn slope.

Miller, who underwent back surgery in November, finished the quirky 4.4-kilometer (2.75-mile) track with the best time of the in-form United States team which has won the past two men’s downhills.

Travis Ganong, who won at Santa Caterina, Italy, was 0.34 behind Miller, and Steven Wyman, who won at Val Gardena, did not finish.

Miller is a two-time winner of Switzerland’s signature Alpine skiing race, though training is his focus ahead of the Feb. 2-15 world championships in Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria was fastest overall on Tuesday, 0.65 ahead of 2010 Lauberhorn winner Carlo Janka of Switzerland.