Switzerlands Janka leads after first run of GS, aiming for third win in row

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - Switzerland's Carlo Janka was leading after the first run of a snowy giant slalom Sunday, bidding to win a third consecutive World Cup race.

Janka was trying to become the first man in more than 2 1/2 years with a three-race World Cup streak.
Two-time overall champion Bode Miller clipped a gate and skied out in the lower half of the Birds of Prey course. A veil of flakes made for poor visibility, and 16 of 64 racers failed to finish or were disqualified in Sunday's first run.
Janka clocked one minute 15.18 seconds, putting him 0.25 ahead of Austria's Benjamin Raich and 0.77 ahead of Switzerland's Didier Defago heading into the second run later Sunday.
Reigning Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety stood fourth, 1.08 seconds behind Janka.
Jeffrey Fritsch of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the top Canadian after the first run, placing 23rd in 1:17.11. Jean-Philippe Roy of Ste-Flavie, Que., was 26th in 1:17.40, Manuel Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver finished 39th in 1:18.34 and Calgary's Brad Spence placed 40th in 1:18.36.
Janka won a super combined event Friday, and a downhill Saturday. The 23-year-old entered this week with two career World Cup victories.
The last man to win three consecutive World Cup races was Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who finished first in a downhill, a super-G and a giant slalom March 14-17, 2007, at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, en route to that season's overall title.
The last man to take three in a row at Beaver Creek was Hermann Maier of Austria in 1999.
Miller finished fourth behind Janka on Saturday, displaying his typically risky style. Miller overcame two mistakes in that race - putting his glove down in the snow at one point to stay upright - but overcame those glitches to deliver a strong run.
Sunday's DNF is the third for Miller in six events he's contested this season after getting off to a late start because he didn't decide until September that he would return to the circuit.
He also failed to finish the second run of Friday's super combined at Beaver Creek.

Geographic location: BEAVER CREEK, Switzerland, Austria Mont-Tremblant Ste-Flavie North Vancouver Calgary Norway

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