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Olympics: US veteran Miller confirms golden credentials

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US veteran Bode Miller produced a near-flawless display to win the men's third and final downhill training run on Saturday, his second such victory in three days on the Rosa Khutor piste.

The 36-year-old, who won gold, silver and bronze (super-combined, super-G, downhill) at the Vancouver Games four years ago, clocked 2min 06.09sec down the 3.5km-long course.

His performance, following his victory in Thursday's training run and sixth place on Friday, was the perfect tonic ahead of Sunday's downhill race.

Icy conditions and tight turns high up the piste bathed in glorious sunshine played havoc with racers, only one of the first five runners even finishing.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, the reigning world downhill champion and silver medallist in the discipline four years ago, was the closest to Miller, at 0.66sec.

Italian duo Peter Fill and Werner Hill were next fastest down, at more than 1sec off Miller's electrifying pace.

Defending Olympic champion Didier Defago was in 10th at 2.07sec, with Swiss teammate Carlo Janka's recent return to form enough to see him finish fifth.

Good news for Svindal's Norway team were the top 10 finishes for Kjetil Jansrud and 21-year-old Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, while France's world bronze medallist David Poisson came in ninth just behind 2011 world downhill champ Erik Guay of Canada.

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