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Miller: Having fun is priority

Bode Miller said he's more interested in enjoying himself on the ski slopes than winning medals, a day after he was disqualified for missing a gate in the combined race at the Winter Olympics.

"This year I wanted to race in a way that is exciting for me and that I like," Miller said Wednesday. "Sometimes the results don't always match up."

Miller, a 28-year-old American, came into the Olympics seeking a record five gold medals. He finished fifth in the downhill before Tuesday's disqualification. His next chance is the super-giant slalom on Saturday, followed by the giant slalom and slalom next week.

"The Super G I'm really looking forward to," Miller said. "This snow is about the best snow that I can ski. It's really chalky and dry, and you can make the best turns on it. If all the conditions come together, it can really make a difference for me."

HUGHES ON HER WAY: After one final practice session Wednesday, Emily Hughes, the 17-year-old replacement for Michelle Kwan, is heading to the Olympics. Hughes got her skates sharpened and declared herself prepared for the biggest competition of her life.

"The skates are good," she said at a suburban practice rink. "I'm definitely ready."

The younger sister of 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes was thrust into the Olympic spotlight last weekend when Kwan reinjured her groin and dropped off the U.S. team.

Hughes finished third at the U.S. nationals last month, but was bumped from the team when five-time world champion Kwan received a medical bye. Hughes joins national champion Sasha Cohen and U.S. runner-up KimmieMeissner on the squad.

"I haven't talked to her, but she's been so nice, gracious toward me on TV," Hughes said of Kwan. "She's been a great competitor, a great teammate and I really hope she gets better quickly."

COMBINED POSTPONED: The Norwegians thought they had a chance to get back in the Nordic combined team event had their health improved in time. But in a surprising move, event judges decided to restart the postponed event in the second round of the jumping portion after saying earlier that both rounds would be scrapped and new entrants would be accepted.

This was bad news for reigning world champion Norway, a medal contender that pulled out Tuesday because its athletes were ill. The initial ruling Wednesday to postpone the competition because of high winds would have given the Norwegians extra time to recover, a chance to get back on the start list and another shot.

But now they won't be able to compete after all, unless the competition were to be postponed again today.

Swirling winds cut short Wednesday's action halfway through the jumping portion, and competitors were scheduled to start over this morning.

JUST A SPECTATOR: Isolde Kostner had hoped to be standing on the women's downhill medal podium. Instead she was standing in the crowd - and was glad to be there.

"It is my first Olympics as a spectator and I worried it wouldn't be easy, but after the bad crashes of two days ago now I'm happy I'm not competing," said Kostner, who won a silver medal in the downhill for Italy at Salt Lake City four years ago.

Kostner announced her retirement from skiing in January after learning she was pregnant.

QUICK HITS: Former Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich was named director of scouting for the 2008 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. Canada's Sean Crooks and Robel Teklemariam of Ethiopia each passed a second blood test and were cleared to compete Wednesday after a five-day suspension for high hemoglobin.

- TIMES WIRES

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