Downhill Demon

Even the best skiers can take some time to find their feet. the 250-plus racers from around the world who compete each year in World Cup events in Europe and North America rarely achieve their best form until December, two months into the racing season. But not Bode Miller. The hyperversatile American athlete has made a habit of winning races even before the first snow drifts down into the mountain valleys. This year, again, he started faster than the rest. Miller won six of the first 10 races of the season, and he did so in all four disciplines, from the...