KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Bode Miller's career in the Olympics has twisted and turned through five Winter Games, 15 races so far and five medals won — including one gold.
The men's downhill on Sunday might just witness the 36-year-old American hitting his Olympic peak.
Recent form and rival racers' predictions suggest Miller and his rival Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway are the men to beat.
Here are five things to watch for in the first final of the Sochi Games in Alpine skiing, the men's downhill:
MILLER'S TIME: Miller is impressing all who watch him at the Sochi Olympics. He's fast and technically excellent on his skis, funny and engaging off them.
Even his rivals for a medal can't help but share their admiration.
"Epic," was how Kjetil Jansrud, Svindal's Norwegian teammate, described Miller's performance in Saturday's final training run.
Carlo Janka of Switzerland was a distant third-fastest and planned to study film of Miller's racing line.
"Bode is top class at the first part," said Janka, the defending Olympic champion in giant slalom. "But to copy is difficult."
American teammate Marco Sullivan praised Miller's instinctive racing style as "effortless."
"The turns he is making, there is so much pressure coming up from the ski, and the way he's absorbing it and making it happen," said Sullivan, pausing to find words, "it is just the way it should be, to me."
DEFAGO'S DEFENSE: Since men's downhill became a stand-alone event at the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics, no racer has won it twice.
"I know," said defending champion Didier Defago of Switzerland after placing 10th in training. "Challenge is always good but we have to focus on the race and we can speak about that after."
Defago agrees Svindal and Miller — who both stood with him on the podium in Vancouver — are "very, very strong."