The big story on the World Cup this year is American skier Bode Miller, who became only the second skier in history to notch victories in all four alpine disciplines in the same year and its not even Christmas yet.
Miller won the opening GS in Soelden, Austria in October, a downhill and super G at Lake Louise in November, another downhill two weekends ago at Beaver Creek, and both the giant slalom and slalom titles at Sestrieres, Italy last weekend, on the same slopes that will be used in the Torino 2006 Olympic Games.
The only other skier to win all four disciplines in a season was Marc Girardelli in 1989.
Although the attention early in the season went to Millers skis, leading to a minor controversy over the practice of manufacturers giving their best equipment to their top skiers, there doesnt appear to be any big secret Miller is just skiing a lot better than everyone else, letting his skis run in the speed events and making smooth turns in the technical disciplines. Aside from two DNFs in the technical events at Beaver Creek, Millers other two results from this season are a silver medal in a super G and a fourth place in the downhill last week at Val dIsere.
In the giant slalom on Sunday Lasse Kjus of Norway finished second to Miller by 0.31 seconds over two runs. Hermann Maier of Austria was third, 0.04 seconds back of Kjus.
The top Canadian was Canmores Thomas Grandi, who padded his points with a solid 11 th place finish, 1.4 seconds back of the leader.
"I think it was a good race but Im shooting for better right now," said Grandi. "I think I over-skied the second run a little bit."
Cracking the top-30 for only the second time after an injury in the 2002-2003 season was Jean-Philippe Roy of Ste-Flavie, Quebec. Roy was 11 th after the first run, but dropped back to 22 nd .
"Im pretty happy to have qualified in the first run," said Roy. "Second run I was a little more tired and I wanted to finish so I didnt risk as much as in the first run. I could have been a lot better but Im happy; 22 nd is good for me and I needed the points "
Roy has been frustrated since returning from his injury by his late start position, which means he generally has to ski in more challenging course conditions. As a result, he has been having a hard time finishing races, much less improving his rankings. A top-30 result this week puts him in better position for his next start.