Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement! http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/...i-olympics-bode-miller-struggles-men-downhill Bode Miller falls short of medal KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Bode Miller knew as soon as he crossed the finish line, and probably long before that. The American skier entered his fifth Olympics with high hopes. When he didn't live up to them in the men's downhill on Sunday, his disappointment was evident. Miller slumped over and put his hands on his knees, holding the pose for a few long moments as he contemplated a medal that slipped away. The New Hampshire native was one of the prerace favorites thanks to his superb performance in the training sessions last week. At the time of his finish, Miller was eighth of 22 skiers, far out of medal contention. Matthias Mayer of Austria won the race, completing the Rosa Khutor course in 2 minutes, 6.23 seconds. Christof Innerhofer of Italy took silver, 0.06 seconds behind, and Kjetil Jansrud of Norway earned bronze, 0.10 behind. When Miller finished, television cameras panned to his wife, Morgan Beck. Her face dropped and the sunglasses she was wearing couldn't hide the heartache. Mayer's joy came in sharp contrast to Miller's desperation. After crossing the finish, Miller sat down on his skis with a look of bewilderment on his face. And that was understandable, considering that he had dominated two of the three official training sessions. "It's tough. I was looking to win," Miller said. "I thought I had a good chance at it. I was well-prepared." Miller was one of the fastest skiers on the top section but lost speed when he hit a gate on a right turn a bit further down. "He pinched it off and went into the gate," Italian skier Dominik Paris said. "It was a critical section there." With clouds hanging over the course during the race, conditions were different from the sun and shade of the training sessions. "The visibility has changed a ton from the training run," Miller said. "The middle and bottom of the course slowed so much from the beginning of the race until I went that I thought you have to do something magical to win." "I didn't really make any mistakes in the middle and bottom of the course," Miller added. "And I lost a ton of time." All is not lost yet, though: Miller still has two more chances to medal, in the Super-G and the super combined. -------------------- Tough run. One small mistake cost Bode a medal, but his Olympics are far from over. This one has to sting though, after going so fast in practice.