US ski turbo Bode Miller set himself up nicely for a sixth Olympic medal by clocking the fastest time in the men's first downhill training run in Rosa Khutor on Thursday.
Miller, one of skiing's veterans at 36, was fastest down the course with a time of 2:07.75 but warned much could still happen before Sunday's downhill race.
"It's great to win the first training run, but it really is going to be about who improves the most from here, who learns this course the best," – he told journalists as racers praised the good snow conditions and challenging course.
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, defending super-G champion and downhill silver medallist in Vancouver, admitted to having a "bad run" but still saw good chances for Sunday.
"I would definitely like to be faster but I have some big things I have to change, so I'm not too worried here."