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Ligety wins Wengen super combined

Ligety in Wengen (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

Ligety in Wengen (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

Ted Ligety picked up his first non-giant slalom World Cup win Friday (Jan. 17) by claiming the 84th Lauberhorn combined trophy. Although Ligety has won medals in the combined at both the Olympic (2006) and World Championship (2013) levels, he had never scored a World Cup podium in combined, though he has collected fourth and fifth-place results, including one at Wengen in 2008.

The whole day indicated things might be a bit off kilter. Based on weather predictions, the organizers had flip-flopped the usual running order of the event and held the single slalom run first, expecting snowfall to dissipate during the morning to allow for a good downhill run. That turned out to be the right call.

Ligety proved to be the second fastest in the morning slalom, but was a whopping 1.22 seconds behind Frenchman Alexis Pinturault. Still, there was more speed prowess in the field than slalom skills, and he held a solid lead overall.

It didn’t take long for the speed skiers to take control once the downhill leg got underway. Downhill and super G standings leader Aksel Lund Svindal, just 22nd in the slalom leg, took the lead in the early going with a customarily strong downhill run, taking a lead of over a second. It was a lead he held until Sandro Viletta – 16 racers down the star order – finally overtook him. Croatian Natko Zrncic-Dim, charged with making up for teammate Ivica Kostelic’s uncharacteristic straddle in the morning slalom, snuck into the lead by three tenths with a well-executed run down the Lauberhorn course, ultimately good for a podium result in third.

Then came Ligety, who was skiing speed as well as he ever has. Starting .28 ahead, he stretched it out to nearly a second high on course, lost a bit of ground through the flatter sections and then powered through the finish for a 1.08-second lead. That left it to Pinturault to work some magic. The Frenchman conjured up what he could muster, but his large slalom lead continued to dwindle as he worked his way down the historic track leaking away to a half second by the railroad underpass and finally dissolving at the final S-turns to take second. Ted Ligety got his super combined win.

“My slalom was very conservative,” Ligety said. “I knew I could make up some time in the downhill.” After failing to finish at Adelboden last week, Ligety said the win was important to show himself he was “back on track.”

Bode Miller also made the top 10 in ninth place and Jared Goldberg posted 20th for his second-career World Cup score. Andrew Weibrecht also picked up a few points for his 28th place.

See more photos from today’s race in our gallery.

 

The Scoop

Men’s World Cup super combined, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2014

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Ligety, Head/Head/Head

2 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

3 Zrncic-Dim, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

4 Viletta, Nordica/Nordica/Marker

5 Svindal, Head/Head/Head

6 Mermillod-Blondin, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

7 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

8 Mayer, Head/Head/Head

9 Miller, Head/Head/Head

10 Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Men’s World Cup super combined,Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2014. … It is the 17th of 34 races on the men’s World cup schedule. … The first of two combined races. … In an unusual twist, the slalom run is held first.

It is the 20th World Cup win for Ted Ligety, his first in combined… and his third win of the season. … the 265th U.S. World Cup win and the sixth of the season. … Ligety is fourth all time among Americans for World Cup wins, third among American men.

It is the 17th career World Cup podium placing for Alexis Pinturault… his fourth in combined. … He won last season’s combined at Wengen. He is the only Frenchman to have won more than a single World Cup combined. … He has three podium results this season, all of them second place finishes.

It is the fifth World Cup podium for Natko Zrncic-Dim, all in combined.

It is the 160th World Cup top 10 for Bode Miller… his 18th at Wengen. … It is the second-career scoring result for Jared Goldberg, his first on European snow. … It is the third World Cup score of the season for Andrew Weibrecht.

Aksel Lund Svindal (fifth in race) regains the lead in the overall standings 697-675 over Marcel Hirscher (did not race). … Ligety solidifies third at 433pts. … Erik Guay (did not race) is eighth with 261pts and Bode Miller ninth with 259pts.

Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 2636-1883 over France. … Italy is third with 1657pts. … The U.S. is fifth with 1041pts and Canada ninth with 663pts.

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff.
 1  1  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  51.16  1:53.58  2:44.74
 2  4  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  49.94  1:55.02  2:44.96  +0.22
 3  13  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  51.44  1:54.38  2:45.82  +1.08
 4  8  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  52.84  1:53.28  2:46.12  +1.38
 5  15  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  54.26  1:51.96  2:46.22  +1.48
 6  6  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  51.64  1:54.66  2:46.30  +1.56
 7  12  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  53.81  1:52.83  2:46.64  +1.90
 8  9  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  54.20  1:52.60  2:46.80  +2.06
 9  25  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  53.37  1:53.52  2:46.89  +2.15
 10  27  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  53.75  1:53.29  2:47.04  +2.30
 11  5  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  53.53  1:53.65  2:47.18  +2.44
 12  34  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  53.89  1:53.38  2:47.27  +2.53
 13  18  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  54.38  1:52.96  2:47.34  +2.60
 14  10  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  53.86  1:53.55  2:47.41  +2.67
 15  11  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  53.65  1:53.78  2:47.43  +2.69
 16  20  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE  53.57  1:53.90  2:47.47  +2.73
 17  19  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI  53.75  1:53.80  2:47.55  +2.81
 18  36  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  54.73  1:52.84  2:47.57  +2.83
 19  7  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  54.89  1:53.25  2:48.14  +3.40
 20  41  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  54.80  1:53.49  2:48.29  +3.55
 21  14  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  55.27  1:53.77  2:49.04  +4.30
 22  16  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  53.89  1:55.48  2:49.37  +4.63
 23  26  150495 VRABLIK Martin 1982 CZE  53.41  1:56.02  2:49.43  +4.69
 24  42  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  53.53  1:56.02  2:49.55  +4.81
 25  31  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic 1991 AUT  55.38  1:54.37  2:49.75  +5.01
 26  30  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  55.05  1:54.72  2:49.77  +5.03
 27  46  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  55.83  1:54.10  2:49.93  +5.19
 28  32  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  55.58  1:54.57  2:50.15  +5.41
 29  23  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  54.23  1:56.10  2:50.33  +5.59
 30  21  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej 1988 POL  54.82  1:55.56  2:50.38  +5.64
 31  28  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  56.02  1:54.37  2:50.39  +5.65
 32  48  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  54.24  1:56.23  2:50.47  +5.73
 33  37  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  56.17  1:54.40  2:50.57  +5.83
 34  24  20267 ESTEVE Kevin 1989 AND  55.20  1:55.82  2:51.02  +6.28
 35  43  220695 CRAWFORD Douglas 1987 GBR  57.35  1:54.82  2:52.17  +7.43
 36  33  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG  55.00  1:58.57  2:53.57  +8.83
 37  50  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola 1989 BUL  55.44  1:58.18  2:53.62  +8.88
 38  54  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND  56.67  1:58.05  2:54.72  +9.98
 39  44  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  57.21  1:58.04  2:55.25  +10.51
 40  51  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor 1987 KAZ  58.15  1:57.42  2:55.57  +10.83
 41  49  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  59.50  1:56.33  2:55.83  +11.09
 42  53  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  1:02.22  1:58.05  3:00.27  +15.53

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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