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All it takes is training, talent, and a little bit of booze: Bode Miller has clinched his second overall World Cup ski title. His closest challenger, Swiss skier Didier Cuche, handed over the championship by deciding not to race in one of the two final races of the season.
Miller leads Cuche by 191 points in World cup standings, and though Cuche technically has a mathematical chance to catch up in the remaining two races (each are worth 100 points), he effectively cedes the title to Miller with his announcement that he won’t race in final slalom of the year. To be fair, Cuche never enters the slalom.
Miller also won the overall title back in 2005, right before his well-publicized flameout in the 2006 Olympics. He left the US Ski Team to form Team America. This victory might go some distance to prove Miller’s still got a few solid victories left in him. Raise a glass, won’t you? —Ted Alvarez
Miller assured of overall skiing title (AP)