Ligety claims second combined podium as Pinturault takes the win


Ted Ligety in Kitzbuehel (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

Ted Ligety in Kitzbuehel (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

It was exciting for a minute there. After one of the longest Hahnenkamm weekends ever, with organizers pushing the slalom leg of the final combined into the evening, it appeared both Ted Ligety and Bode Miller were firmly entrenched on the podium. Miller, though, was disqualified just five gates from the finish after a wild yet reasonably fast slalom run that saw him cross the line in third position.

Ted Ligety had already locked up second place behind Wengen combined runner-up Alexis Pinturault’s fabulous effort to take the win this time around.

“My slalom run was OK, it was sure better than in the classic slalom race,” said Ligety. “Alexis (Pinturault) is a great slalom skier so it’s not too bad to be after him. The crowd is great, there are not many places where you can attract a crowd like this one on a Sunday night.”

Miller, the fastest of the super G skiers to opt in on the combined start, launched a slalom leg that had him flailing more than once as he tore down a tough and beat up slalom course. He had held the lead through the first intermediate timer before succumbing to the slalom skills of Pinturault and Ligety. However, officials later confirmed that he did not pass gate 57, near the finish, correctly.

“It was big fight with Ted (Ligety) today, we were so close after the super G, but after us there were some very strong guys still up and I had no choice but wait and see if my run would be enough for a top placement,” Pinturault noted.

With Miller out of the picture, third place on the podium was wide open. To the delight of a large and vocal crowd of supporters, Marcel Hirscher, the 34th starter in the evening after a lackluster super G earlier in the day, started .89 seconds behind, and was unable to pick up any ground on Pinturault. Still, even 1.47 back, he claimed third place and picked up 60 precious points on a day many wondered if he should even be racing considering the tough conditions in the super G.

“I always give it my 100 percent,  and today it was only good for a third place which is perfect! I’m happy with this third place and want to thank everyone for the support,” Hirscher said while addressing fans in the finish area.

The Americans also registered young gun Jared Goldberg in 11th and Tim Jitloff in 13th despite neither making the top 30 in the super G. Canadian rookie Morgan Pridy followed up his points from the super G with a 24th-place finish, and Andrew Weibrecht rounded out the North American scoring in 27th.

View more photos from today’s race in our gallery

 

The Scoop

Men’s World Cup super combined, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2014

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

2 Ligety, Head/Head/Head

3 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

4 Mermillod Blondin, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

5 Caviezel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

6 Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

7 Viletta, Nordica/Nordica/Marker

8 Janka, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

9 Murisier, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

10 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head

Men’s World Cup super combined, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2014. … It is the 84th Hahnenkamm trophy race. … The 23rd of 34 races on the men’s World Cup schedule and the second of two combined races. … There will be no World Cup title awarded in combined. The event included the super G held the same morning and a single run of slalom in the evening. It is the first time Kitzbuehel has used a super combined to determine its Hahnenkamm champion.

It is the sixth career World Cup win for Alexis Pinturault… his second in combined after winning Wengen Jan. 18, 2013. … It is his second win and fifth podium of the season. … He is the first Frenchman to win the Hahnenkamm combined since Henri Duvillard in 1972.

It is the 42nd career World Cup podium for Ted Ligety… his second in combined after winning Wengen Jan. 17. … It is his fifth World Cup podium of the season.

It is the 55th career World Cup podium for Marcel Hirscher… his third in combined.

It is the fourth career score and a career-best result for Jared Goldberg. … It is the second best combined result of Tim Jitloff’s career, second only to an eighth at Bansko Feb. 26, 2011. … It is the third career World Cup scoring result for Morgan Pridy, his second coming earlier in the day in super G. … It is the fifth career World Cup score in combined for Andrew Weibrecht… the sixth for Steven Nyman.

Aksel Lund Svindal (DNF 2nd in race) holds the lead of the World Cup overall standings 897-795 over Marcel Hirscher. … Alexis Pinturault is third with 669pts. … Ted Ligety is fourth with 529pts and Bode Miller seventh at 449pts. … Erik Guay leads Canada overall in 21st with 261pts.

Ligety and Pinturault are tied for the lead of the combined standings with 180pts each. … Thomas Mermillod Blondin (fourth in race) is third in the standings with 90pts. … Pridy leads Canada in 33rd with seven points.

Austria leads the mens Nations Cup 3658-2555 over France. … Italy is third with 2030pts. … The U.S. is sixth with 1537 and Canada ninth with 748pts.

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  29  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:11.07  51.72  2:02.79  0.00
 2  22  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  1:11.32  51.91  2:03.23  +0.44  3.83
 3  32  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  1:11.96  52.30  2:04.26  +1.47  12.81
 4  26  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:11.11  53.38  2:04.49  +1.70  14.81
 5  44  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:11.54  53.04  2:04.58  +1.79  15.60
 6  8  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:11.12  53.52  2:04.64  +1.85  16.12
 7  38  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  1:11.57  53.23  2:04.80  +2.01  17.52
 8  6  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:10.73  54.26  2:04.99  +2.20  19.17
 9  62  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:12.10  53.24  2:05.34  +2.55  22.22
 10  19  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:10.80  54.62  2:05.42  +2.63  22.92
 11  34  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:11.33  54.10  2:05.43  +2.64  23.01
 12  12  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:11.26  54.46  2:05.72  +2.93  25.53
 13  46  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:11.76  54.36  2:06.12  +3.33  29.02
 14  16  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:10.98  55.24  2:06.22  +3.43  29.89
 15  18  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:10.74  55.54  2:06.28  +3.49  30.41
 16  5  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:10.98  55.35  2:06.33  +3.54  30.85
 17  83  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  1:12.92  53.66  2:06.58  +3.79  33.03
 18  51  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:11.45  55.15  2:06.60  +3.81  33.20
 19  42  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:10.99  55.64  2:06.63  +3.84  33.46
 20  58  51332 SCHEIBER Florian 1987 AUT  1:11.42  55.23  2:06.65  +3.86  33.64
 21  47  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:12.07  54.78  2:06.85  +4.06  35.38
 22  77  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  1:13.29  53.66  2:06.95  +4.16  36.25
 22  1  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  1:12.53  54.42  2:06.95  +4.16  36.25
 24  33  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:11.17  55.86  2:07.03  +4.24  36.95
 25  57  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:11.55  55.54  2:07.09  +4.30  37.47
 26  10  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:10.53  57.03  2:07.56  +4.77  41.57
 27  28  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:11.22  56.43  2:07.65  +4.86  42.35
 28  31  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:11.82  55.86  2:07.68  +4.89  42.61
 29  50  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:11.93  55.96  2:07.89  +5.10  44.44
 30  85  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  1:13.51  54.40  2:07.91  +5.12  44.62
 31  68  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:11.18  57.04  2:08.22  +5.43  47.32
 32  76  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp 1983 AUT  1:12.34  55.94  2:08.28  +5.49  47.84
 33  69  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:12.89  55.53  2:08.42  +5.63  49.06
 34  75  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej 1988 POL  1:13.14  55.88  2:09.02  +6.23  54.29
 35  78  20267 ESTEVE Kevin 1989 AND  1:12.82  56.32  2:09.14  +6.35  55.33
 36  84  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola 1989 BUL  1:14.50  55.48  2:09.98  +7.19  62.65
 37  52  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:13.29  56.74  2:10.03  +7.24  63.09
 38  82  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  1:13.06  57.41  2:10.47  +7.68  66.92
 39  74  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG  1:13.59  57.07  2:10.66  +7.87  68.58
Disqualified 2nd run
 72  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE
 67  103676 BROWN Philip 1991 CAN
 23  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA
Did not start 2nd run
 37  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA
 25  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA
 14  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA
Did not finish 2nd run
 81  561117 KUERNER Miha 1987 SLO
 80  670052 KHUBER Martin 1992 KAZ
 79  150495 VRABLIK Martin 1982 CZE
 71  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA
 70  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI
 64  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA
 63  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI
 56  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA
 54  501439 HEDIN Douglas 1990 SWE
 41  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA
 40  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA
 36  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER
 17  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR
 3  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 7  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA

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