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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 March 2005, 12:19 GMT
Miller seals overall men's title
Bode Miller
Bode Miller has won the overall men's skiing World Cup after the penultimate race of the season.

Miller was second in the final giant slalom of the season in Lenzerheide, to become the first American for 22 years to take the overall crown.

The overall title was secured after Miller's final remaining rival, Benjamin Raich, could only finish the event third.

Austrian Stephan Goergl won the day's race in two minutes 10.51 seconds.

Raich's podium place, though, was enough for the giant slalom World Cup title.

I know I skied out several times but I was always able to attack and give my best
Bode Miller

Miller expressed his delight after securing the title with a professional display over two races in Lenzerheide.

"I'm really proud of what I've achieved in the past three days," he said.

"All in all though I'm happy with how things have gone this season, and I'm really proud with my consistency.

"I know I skied out several times but I was always able to attack and give my best."

Miller is only the second American to take the overall prize, following Phil Mahre, who won three consecutive titles in the early 1980s.

"It's been a bit embarrassing it's taken so long," Miller said. "It was a bit embarrassing because it was like a curse."

Lenzerheide results:
1. Stephan Goergl (Austria) 2:10.51
2. Bode Miller (U.S.) 2:11.19
3. Benjamin Raich (Austria) 2:11.31
4. Hermann Maier (Austria) 2:11.35
5. Fredrik Nyberg (Sweden) 2:11.82
6. Daron Rahlves (U.S.) 2:11.96
7. Kalle Palander (Finland) 2:12.11
8. Manfred Moelgg (Italy) 2:12.24
9. Massimiliano Blardone (Italy) 2:12.80
10. Ales Gorza (Slovenia) 2:13.35

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