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Utah's Ted Ligety wins 1st World Cup super-combined

Published January 17, 2014 12:06 pm

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Wengen, Switzerland • Utah's Ted Ligety owned Olympic and world championship gold medals in super-combined, but until Friday he had never won the event on the World Cup circuit.

Then the American surpassed Alexis Pinturault of France, last year's winner, in the decisive downhill run.

"It's a nice little confidence boost and step in the right direction for getting ready for Sochi," said Ligety, who perhaps became an Olympic gold medal favorite in two events, including his specialist giant slalom discipline.

Ligety overturned a 1.22-second deficit from the slalom to beat Pinturault by 0.22. Natko Zrncic-Dim of Croatia was third, trailing 1.08 behind Ligety's combined time of 2 minutes, 44.74 seconds.

Pinturault acknowledged he and Ligety were medal contenders in the super-combined in Sochi scheduled for Feb. 14.

"The big challengers for me is going to be Ted Ligety and Ivica Kostelic, for sure," he said.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway posted the fastest downhill time to finish fifth, enough to take the overall World Cup lead from Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher, who skips speed events.

Bode Miller, the super-combined Olympic champion, was ninth after finishing seventh in a tricky slalom in the morning.

Ligety's 20th career World Cup win was his first outside giant slalom. But he won the world title in super-combined last year and earned the gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics when the traditional combined included two slalom legs.

Kostelic, the Olympic silver medalist in both Ligety's and Miller's victories, skied out early in the morning run by straddling a gate. The veteran Croatian is a six-time winner in slalom and super-combined in Wengen.

Ligety also extended his advantage over Pinturault in the race for third place in the overall standings.

Svindal earned 45 World Cup points to lead Hirscher by 22, and is favored to pad his lead on Saturday in the classic Lauberhorn downhill. Hirscher is expected to score heavily in the slalom on Sunday, which Svindal will skip.

Ligety trails Svindal by 264 points.

Organizers ran the slalom first on Friday to give time for cloud cover to clear and also to prepare the shortened, 3.1-kilometer (1.9-mile) downhill course after heavy overnight snowfall. —

Men's World Cup results

Friday

At Wengen, Switzerland

(Slalom-downhill times in parentheses)

1. Ted Ligety, United States, 2 minutes, 44.74 seconds (51.16-1:53.58).

2. Alexis Pinturault, France, 2:44.96 (49.94-1:55.02).

3. Natko Zrncic-Dim, Croatia, 2:45.82 (51.44-1:54.38).

4. Sandro Viletta, Switzerland, 2:46.12 (52.84-1:53.28).

5. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 2:46.22 (54.26-1:51.96).

6. Thomas Mermillod Blondin, France, 2:46.30 (51.64-1:54.66).

7. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 2:46.64 (53.81-1:52.83).

8. Matthias Mayer, Austria, 2:46.80 (54.20-1:52.60).

9. Bode Miller, United States, 2:46.89 (53.37-1:53.52).

10. Peter Fill, Italy, 2:47.04 (53.75-1:53.29).

11. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 2:47.18 (53.53 1:53.65).

12. Mauro Caviezel, Switzerland, 2:47.27 (53.89 1:53.38).

13. Adrien Theaux, France, 2:47.34 (54.38 1:52.96).

14. Silvan Zurbriggen, Switzerland, 2:47.41 (53.86 1:53.55).

15. Dominik Paris, Italy, 2:47.43 (53.65 1:53.78).

16. Ondrej Bank, Czech Republic, 2:47.47 (53.57 1:53.90).

17. Marc Berthod, Switzerland, 2:47.55 (53.75 1:53.80).

18. Vincent Kriechmayr, Austria, 2:47.57 (54.73 1:52.84).

19. Beat Feuz, Switzerland, 2:48.14 (54.89 1:53.25).

20. Jared Goldberg, United States, 2:48.29 (54.80 1:53.49).

21. Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 2:49.04 (55.27 1:53.77).

22. Klemen Kosi, Slovenia, 2:49.37 (53.89 1:55.48).

23. Martin Vrablik, Czech Republic, 2:49.43 (53.41 1:56.02).

24. Alexander Khoroshilov, Russia, 2:49.55 (53.53 1:56.02).

25. Frederic Berthold, Austria, 2:49.75 (55.38 1:54.37).

26. Maxence Muzaton, France, 2:49.77 (55.05 1:54.72).

27. Valentin Giraud Moine, France, 2:49.93 (55.83 1:54.10).

28. Andrew Weibrecht, United States, 2:50.15 (55.58 1:54.57).

29. Adam Zampa, Slovakia, 2:50.33 (54.23 1:56.10).

30. Maciej Bydlinski, Poland, 2:50.38 (54.82 1:55.56).

Also

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, United States, did not finish slalom.

World Cup Super-Combined Standings

(After one event)

1. Ted Ligety, United States, 100 points.

2. Alexis Pinturault, France, 80.

3. Natko Zrncic-Dim, Croatia, 60.

4. Sandro Viletta, Switzerland, 50.

5. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 45.

6. Thomas Mermillod Blondin, France, 40.

7. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 36.

8. Matthias Mayer, Austria, 32.

9. Bode Miller, United States, 29.

10. Peter Fill, Italy, 26.

Also

28. Andrew Weibrecht, United States, 3.

Overall World Cup Standings

(After 17 events)

1. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 697 points.

2. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 675.

3. Ted Ligety, United States, 433.

4. Alexis Pinturault, France, 406.

5. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 311.

6. Hannes Reichelt, Austria, 296.

7. Patrick Kueng, Switzerland, 266.

8. Erik Guay, Canada, 261.

9. Bode Miller, United States, 259.

10. Henrik Kristoffersen, Norway, 245.

Also

49. Travis Ganong, United States, 85.

50. David Chodounsky, United States, 84.

59. Tim Jitloff, United States, 63.

77. Erik Fisher, United States, 30.

81. Marco Sullivan, United States, 27.

88. Andrew Weibrecht, United States, 24.

93. Steven Nyman, United States, 22.

106. Jared Goldberg, United States, 11.

125. Robbie Kelley, United States, 3.