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Skiing: Bode Miller Captures Overall World Cup Title

Bode Miller has become the first American skier in 22 years to capture the overall World Cup title.

Miller took an insurmountable lead in the points standings Saturday by placing second in the giant slalom event. Austrian Benjamin Raich trailed by more than 200 points before the final slalom event Sunday.

The last U.S. skier to win the overall World Cup was Phil Mahre in 1983, the same year American Tamara McKinney claimed the overall title among the women.

Mario Matt of Austria won the men's season-ending slalom. He grabbed his first victory in more than four years with a combined time of 1:22.81 seconds. Alois Vogl of Germany placed second (1:23.54) ahead of Rainer Schoenfelder of Austria (1:23.55).

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.