Bode Miller 6th on Second Training Run for Olympic Downhill
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Bode Miller was sixth-fastest on Friday’s second training run for the Olympic men’s downhill, a day after posting the fastest time in the opening practice.
Matthias Mayer of Austria led the session with a time of 2 minutes, 06.51 seconds on the 3.5-kilometer (2.17-mile) course. Carlo Janka of Switzerland was second fastest, 27 hundredths of a second behind Mayer. Miller finished in 2:07.15.
There is one more training session Saturday, with the race scheduled for the following day. Miller said he may take it easier Saturday to make sure his repaired left knee is ready for the race.
“It’s a little sore. It’s a really rowdy course and bumpy,” said Miller, 36, who will be competing in his fifth Winter Olympics. “So I’m going to go rest it.”
But Miller rejected criticisms that the Olympic course is too dangerous.
“The Olympics are meant to be the pinnacle of the sport,” he said after Friday’s training run. “If the downhill course doesn’t get into your head it is not good enough.”
Moguls skier Kloser out with injured leg
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Heidi Kloser of the United States had to pull out of the Olympics after injuring her right leg during a training run before moguls qualifying. Kloser, 21, tore knee ligaments and broke her femur in a crash Thursday night, only moments before she was supposed to head to the starting gate.
Kloser’s father, Mike, posting on his Facebook page, said Heidi had asked him if he still considered her an Olympian even though she did not make it to the starting line in her first games.
“We said, of course she is,” Mike Kloser wrote.
Biathlon track lengthened
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Course workers have added 40 meters (130 feet) to the biathlon track for the Sochi Olympics because it was too short.
The loop should measure 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles). Even though a 5 percent deviation is allowed by the rules, the track at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center came up short.
The new part of the track will be used in the women’s 7.5K sprint on Sunday.
U.S. head coach Per Nilsson said the move was a surprise because, “It’s still the Olympics, so they should have measured that before.”
Russian gay activists arrested
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian police on Friday arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
In Moscow, police quickly detained 10 gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags Friday on Red Square and attempted to sing a Russian anthem.
One of the demonstrators, Gleb Latnik, said police insulted them and that one officer even spat in the face of an activist. He said he, and other protesters were released a few hours later.
Moscow police refused to comment.
Injuries keep Finn hockey players out
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu decided his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough to allow him to play for Finland in the Olympics.
Koivu, who had surgery after fracturing his right ankle while blocking a shot on Jan. 4, has been out the past 15 games for Minnesota heading into the Olympic break.
Koivu, a two-time Olympian, was the likely captain for Finland, which won the bronze medal in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Valtteri Filppula of Finland will also miss the Olympics after the Tampa Bay Lightning center was hurt in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Lightning announced Friday that Filppula has a non-displaced right ankle fracture and will be out for three weeks. Filppula also had been selected to play for Finland at the Sochi Games.
Bloomberg News and The Associated Press