Bode Miller's quest to become the first American in more than two decades to win the World Cup overall title got off to the perfect start.
Miller captured the season-opening giant slalom by more than a second Sunday, reasserting his dominance of the discipline he won last season.
"It's the first race of season, and you never know how the others are skiing," Miller said in Soelden, Austria. "It's a challenging hill, and I almost went down couple of times in the second run, so when I got across the finish line I was already excited, never mind the time difference."
No American has won the overall title since Phil Mahre in 1983, but Miller believes he is ready to break that drought. He finished fourth last season.
"I just turned 27 a week ago, and I think I'm at the point where I have a lot of experience. I know all the hills, I know what it takes to win on them, even if I haven't won on them yet. I have what it takes. I think the sky is the limit," Miller said.