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“I really wanted to change that today just because I think that’s not the way to race,” Miller acknowledged. “I just wanted to really stay focused to push every hundredth out of it that I could, even though I knew I was going to be out of the course a few times.”

“I felt good about battling through it,” said the veteran racer, who has started a total of 32 World Cup and Olympics events this season after sitting out a year to recover from knee surgery.

One incentive for returning strong next season is to race at the Feb. 2-15 world championships in front of home fans at Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado.

That’s for next season, after the current campaign closes with a giant slalom on Saturday.

“Right now,” Miller said, “I feel like I don’t want to see ski boots for a little while.”