Carlo Janka is quickly establishing himself as someone to watch at the Vancouver Olympics.
As for Bode Miller? For the first time in a while, he looked exactly like, well, Bode Miller.
Janka won a second consecutive World Cup race, edging Swiss teammate Didier Cuche by 0.02 seconds in a downhill Saturday, while Miller skied in his familiar attacking style and finished fourth.
"When the conditions are fairly even, like they are today, there's no question that I have the ability to win races," said Miller, who twice nearly skied out. "But little things like mistakes have always been an issue for me. If I had a clean run today, I think I would have been on top of the podium."
Instead, Janka took that top spot for the second time in less than 24 hours. He completed the Birds of Prey downhill course in 1 minute, 43.49 seconds. On Friday, he led another 1-2 finish for Switzerland in a super combined event.
"What can I say? Amazing weekend for me here. Fantastic day," Janka said.
As for the impressive Swiss showings so far, he said: "It's a great start to the season. I hope we can get some more podiums."
The 23-year-old Janka arrived at Beaver Creek with a career total of two World Cup victories. But with the results from the past two days, along with two third-place finishes, he stands alone atop the overall standings.
Cuche, a 35-year-old who won a silver medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, admires his younger teammate's skill.
"I'm sure he don't really need to learn something from me. He has such an instinct, and has that in the blood," Cuche said. "I just told him right after the finish: 'I'd like to go back 10 years having the same God's gift.'"
Reigning overall World Cup champion Aksel Lund Svindal, coming back from a left leg injury, was third, only 0.04 behind the winner.
He said his leg is still not 100 percent, "but how well I ski is more important than how my leg is."
Miller, of Franconia, N.H., came in 0.45 seconds off the pace _ by far his best showing of the season. Andrew Weichbrecht of Lake Placid, N.Y., was the next-best U.S. finisher, in 11th place, followed by Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley, Calif., in 14th.
Miller, a two-time overall World Cup champion, raced in classic Miller fashion, even touching the snow with a glove at one point to stay upright.
He got off to a late start this season after cutting short his 2008-09 campaign to spend time with his baby daughter in California. He then contemplated staying away from the circuit altogether in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics.
After deciding in September to race, Miller is working his way into shape, and he said a lack of leg strength hurt him Saturday. Still, he proved that he is capable of competing with the best.
It was a much more encouraging showing than in his previous four World Cup races this season: 29th in a downhill, 39th in a super-G, and two "Did Not Finish" listings. On Friday, he stumbled during the slalom portion of the super combined and wound up head-first in the snow.
"The fitness level ... is going to be an issue for a little while, still. It's just hard to train a lot and get the fitness moving forward while you're racing all the time, like I am," Miller said. "But that'll come around."
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