Daron Rahlves took the lead in the World Cup Series with a downhill victory in Bormio.

“It just seems to get me pumped up,” he said of the venue. “It is a very technically demanding course. So many downhills are getting easier and slower with the turns but I like these high-speed, straight sections.”

Bode Miller did not have a particularly strong showing, coming in 9th place, but at least another American was able to step up to the plate. This is Rahlves 11th world cup victory.