The U.S. Ski Team announced yesterday that
plans to race all five Alpine events at the Vancouver Olympics. Miller's first event will be the downhill on Feb. 13, and he'll also compete in the super-combi, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.
A five-event schedule was not a given because Miller skipped summer training while he debated retirement and is still not in top shape after injuring his ankle during a team volleyball game in December.
"I'm not so worried from the point of view of conditioning as much as I am that he hasn't had much time skiing, and the setups are still a challenge," men's coach Sasha Rearick told the Associated Press by phone from Park City, Utah, where the Americans are holding their pre-Olympic camp.
"That's going to be the biggest challenge - getting all those things set up. Right now in downhill he's going pretty good, and he knows what he's going on; slalom is getting close. But in super-G and GS we've got a lot of work to do. He's had no super-G training and no GS training, so that's going to be important these next days here."
In other Olympic news:
* Any Italian athlete caught doping at the Vancouver Olympics will be fined $140,000. The Italian Olympic Committee said that all of its 109 athletes will have to sign a statement agreeing to pay the sum if they test positive.
* Outfielder Reed Johnson agreed to a 1-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs after beginning his major league career with Toronto in 2003. He hit .255 with four homers and 22 RBI in 65 games for the Cubs last season.
* Penn State Abington is adding men's cross country as a varsity program beginning in the fall. It brings the total number of NCAA Division III programs offered at the suburban campus to 14.
* Lance Armstrong will take on world road cycling champion Cadel Evans and Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sanchez in next month's Criterium International in Corsica. Armstrong's Team Radioshack, Evans' BMC Racing Team and Sanchez's Euskaltel-Euskadi are among the top Pro Tour teams scheduled to line up at the start in Porto Vecchio on March 27. The Criterium International is raced in three stages over 2 days.
* A teammate of the Paraguayan soccer star who was shot last week in a Mexico City bar was shot during a robbery attempt. Officials for the Mexican team Club America said that Juan Carlos Silva was in good condition and the single gunshot wound to his buttocks was not life-threatening. They said the attack on the 21-year-old midfielder took place Monday night in Mexico City in a failed attempt to steal his vehicle. The violence follows the Jan. 25 shooting of Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in the head and is recovering at a Mexico City hospital. The two attacks appear unrelated.
* Randy Bernard, the longtime head of the Professional Bull Riders Inc., is the new CEO of the Indy Racing League.