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Bib draw for men's Olympic downhill goes awry

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 10:21 am •  Published: February 8, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The blind draw for the men's Olympic downhill race hit a snag Saturday.

Using numbered miniature Russian dolls drawn from a pot, officials placed American skier Marco Sullivan at No. 11 for Sunday's race. Fine enough, but Peter Fill of Italy was already put into that position.

From back in the crowded room at the team captains' meeting, U.S. men's coach Sasha Rearick immediately called for a redraw, which was granted.

Many of the top racers, who already were scheduled to receive the prime slots between No. 8 and 22, stayed virtually the same. American favorite Bode Miller went from No. 12 to 15, while Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway moved from 21 to 18. Steven Nyman of the U.S. drew the No. 1 spot after Jan Hudec of Canada initially had it.

Nyman and American teammate Travis Ganong, now at No. 7, will now be able to radio up course reports to coaches at the start house with Miller, information that could prove beneficial. Miller missed gold by nine-hundredths of a second at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Men's race director Guenter Hujara tried to downplay the bungled bib draw, saying "that stuff happens."

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