VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Two races, two medals. Bode Miller is putting together one heck of a Vancouver Olympics.
Miller picked up a silver in the super-G Friday to go with the bronze he won in the downhill.
Andrew Weibrecht, who had never finished higher than 10th in a World Cup race, finished right behind Miller to pile another medal onto a growing pile by the Americans.
The U.S. Alpine team already has collected six medals, their most ever, and we're not even halfway done in the mountains.
Overall, the U.S. delegation has collected 20 medals, nearly matching its total from Turin (25). With 54 events and nine days left, the Americans could challenge their record stash of 34 medals set at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.
"Part of it might be that we are on North American soil," Weibrecht said. "(We) get better results when we're at home, or close to home, better food and lodgings."
With six gold, six silver and eight bronze, the Americans have practically
lapped the field. Germany is second in overall medals with 11.
Norway has the second-most golds with five, boosted by victories in the first two events decided Friday. Aksel Lund Svindal won the super-G and Marit Bjoergen won the women's 15-kilometer pursuit. Bjoergen also became the first winner of multiple gold medals in Vancouver and the first with three medals.
Amy Williams won the women's skeleton to give Britain an individual gold medalist at the Winter Games for the first time since figure skater Robin Cousins at Lake Placid in 1980.
In nonmedal action, the winless U.S. men's and women's curling teams responded to the arrival of their honorary captain -- San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis -- by winning for the first time, and a halfpipe medalist headed home sooner than he'd planned.
Scotty Lago volunteered to leave the Olympics after risque pictures of him wearing a Team USA T-shirt and his bronze medal showed up on the Internet. The U.S. Olympics Committee puts athletes through a program to avoid such situations. Lago apologized to the USOC and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
When Miller took bronze in the downhill, he was all smiles at the end of the race. He looked worn out this time.
Miller let out a big breath of air and quickly shook his head. Then he leaned forward, resting his helmet on forearms still locked atop his poles. Once his lungs stopped burning, he took out his mouthpiece and gave a little fist pump.
"I was lucky today," he said. "I could just as easily been fifth or sixth."
With his fourth career medal, Miller regained the title of most decorated American Alpine skier, a day after Julia Mancuso tied him for that honor. (The title could keep changing hands with the men's super combined and slalom still to come; Mancuso has two events left and Lindsey Vonn has three.) Also, this is the first time two Americans got medals in the same Alpine event since brothers Phil and Steve Mahre went 1-2 in slalom at the 1984 Sarajevo Games.
Svindal made it four golds for Norwegians in the seven times this race has been part of the Olympic program.
While the cheers from Davis were nice, the difference-maker for the men's team may have been a change in skips (team captain).
After an 0-4 start, out went 2006 bronze medalist John Shuster and in came alternate Chris Plys, with vice skip Jason Smith throwing the last rock. The result was a 4-3 victory over France.
The women were 0-3 until skip Debbie McCormick bumped out a Russian stone with her last rock, giving the U.S. a 6-4 victory.
Bjoergen pulled away midway through the freestyle portion of the race and was never threatened the rest of the way.
Anna Haag of Sweden won a three-way sprint for the silver, with favorite Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland getting bronze in a photo finish.
Also, Slovenian Petra Majdic has been ruled out for the season with four broken ribs and a collapsed lung, injuries she sustained before her bronze-medal performance in the individual classical sprint.
Majdic crashed during training but insisted on competing, skiing in obvious pain through a qualification round and three heats.
The U.S. led a six-nation complaint over Williams' helmet, which they said gave her an unfair advantage. Federation officials disagreed and she beat the world's best women's sliders for the first time.
The best U.S. hope, 2007 world champion Noelle Pikus-Pace, finished fourth.