Ligety well positioned after DH leg of combined


The men’s combined is shaping up to be the most exciting race of the 42nd World Ski Championships. After the downhill leg, with a long and difficult slalom coming down the familiar course used annually for the infamous Schladming Night Slalom set for the evening (6pm local, noon EST) Ted Ligety has put himself in position to challenge for his second gold medal.

It won’t be easy. Romed Baumann was fastest down the full length of a grueling downhill with Aksel Lund Svindal sitting second, just .14 behind. Baumann has won World Cup combineds in Sestriere (2009) and Chamonix (2012) and Svindal has won the last two combined world championships. The slalom skiers should have an advantage at Schladming putting Ligety, the sixth place finisher, in the driver’s seat. He is .72 behind Baumann. Other top contenders would include Ivica Kostelic in tenth, 1.37 out and Benjamin Raich (12th, 1.52out).

Baumann said his best slalom was “some years ago, but I had the chance to train slalom Saturday and I had a good feeling.”

Svindal voiced doubts about his chances. “This will be a very tough combined for the downhill guys; an almost impossible test. It is steep and super icy, maybe the most difficult slalom hill in the world. It doesn’t look good for us, but it’s not over until it’s over.”

Ligety was please with his downhill effort, which was extraordinary, and felt he was in a good position to make an attack. So far this season he has failed to complete a combined slalom leg, though he has made the top 13 in all five of the Cup slaloms he has completed.

Ligety started behind the first seed in the 27th bib which turned out to be an advantage as the sun started to peek through the morning clouds and provided better light than many of the top skiers got for their runs. He held little back, throwing himself down the course, hitting 111kph in the speed trap (69mph) and surviving a scare when he got thrown off line above the final pitch.

He will get a course report before running in the slalom leg, which was not available in the downhill leg. Ryan Cochran-Siegle started before him in the downhill, but exited the course early, getting thrown by an unseen set of ripples – blowing up his knee – and skiing off course. Will Brandenburg also failed to complete the downhill, but Thomas Biesemeyer finished 21st, 3.03 seconds out, and will be able to radio up course information – assuming a finish – before Ligety skis for the gold.

The Austrian men have yet to bring in a medal and the fans (and press) are growing anxious to say the least. They’ll be in full form for Raich, Baumann and for Matthias Mayer who will ski the slalom leg just before Ligety. This is going to be an exciting second leg.

Gepa photo

Schladming (AUT)
FIS World Ski Championships
Men’s Super Combined
Feb 11, 2013
AFTER THE DOWNHILL LEG
SLALOM LEG REMAINS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  16  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   2:01.38    2:01.38  
 2  20  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   2:01.52    2:01.52  
 3  19  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   2:01.76    2:01.76  
 4  14  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   2:01.78    2:01.78  
 5  15  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   2:02.07    2:02.07  
 6  27  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   2:02.10    2:02.10  
 7  11  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   2:02.16    2:02.16  
 8  18  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   2:02.41    2:02.41  
 9  30  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   2:02.43    2:02.43  
 10  22  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  td> CRO   2:02.75    2:02.75  
 11  23  561217 KOSI Klemen  1991  SLO   2:02.81    2:02.81  
 12  10  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   2:02.90    2:02.90  
 13  9  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   2:02.93    2:02.93  
 14  8  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   2:03.01    2:03.01  
 15  5  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   2:03.12    2:03.12  
 16  13  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   2:03.17    2:03.17  
 17  17  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   2:03.68    2:03.68  
 18  41  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   2:03.80    2:03.80  
 19  31  501439 HEDIN Douglas  1990  SWE   2:04.18    2:04.18  
 20  7  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE   2:04.26    2:04.26  
 21  38  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   2:04.41    2:04.41  
 22  26  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej  1988  POL   2:04.64    2:04.64  
 23  21  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   2:04.73    2:04.73  
 24  34  20267 ESTEVE Kevin  1989  AND   2:04.91    2:04.91  
 25  45  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul  1988  SPA   2:05.10    2:05.10  
 26  29  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK   2:05.56    2:05.56  
 27  39  20324 OLIVERAS Marc  1991  AND   2:05.82    2:05.82  
 28  6  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri  1991  BLR   2:05.91    2:05.91  
 29  24  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL   2:06.15    2:06.15  
 30  1  150495 VRABLIK Martin  1982  CZE   2:06.37    2:06.37  
 31 e="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: right; vertical-align: bottom; padding-right: 7px;" align="right"> 48  710320 LAIKERT Igor  1991  BIH   2:07.05    2:07.05  
 32  43  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor  1987  KAZ   2:07.12    2:07.12  
 33  25  90131 GEORGIEV Georgi  1987  BUL   2:07.15    2:07.15  
 34  36  400016 WANDERS Arjan  1978  NED   2:07.28    2:07.28  
 35  37  400237 MEINERS Maarten  1992  NED   2:07.81    2:07.81  
 36  50  670058 KOSHKIN Dmitriy  1986  KAZ   2:07.84    2:07.84  
 37  42  170131 FAARUP Christoffer  1992  DAN   2:08.29    2:08.29  
 38  51  700868 FALAT Matej  1993  SVK   2:08.53    2:08.53  
 39  44  380341 ULLRICH Max  1994  CRO   2:08.69    2:08.69  
 40  4  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG   2:10.34    2:10.34  
 41  49  670029 PIMENOV Taras  1984  KAZ   2:11.27    2:11.27  
 42  52  690086 FESHCHUK Rostyslav  1990  UKR   2:11.61    2:11.61  
 43  28  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS   2:13.75    2:13.75

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