Ligety wins Super Combined in Wengen
January 17th, 2014

Ted Ligety overhauled the deficit of Alexis Pinturault from the slalom section of the Super Combined to win his first World Cup Super Combined race. Natko Zrncic-Dim took third place with Aksel Lund Svindal producing an excellent Downhill section to bring himself up to 5th overall.

With the slalom section being held first due to an expected snowfall overnight, Ligety felt that this format suited him more. Certainly from starting Number 1 the HEAD World Cup Rebel was able to push it to the limit. “Normally I start after all the good slalom skiers in the second part of a Super Combined,” Ligety explained, “so this format was definitely better for me.”

Ligety added: “It’s nice to win a super combined finally. I’ve only done so in big events, which is a nice thing to do, but it would have been good to win a World Cup before now. To get this win is a nice confidence booster and feels really good because January has been a rough month for me. It’s nice that I can turn the corner on that one.”

“It was tough today. There was a lot of snowfall but they groomed the track and it was not the greatest snow to ski downhill on, but I feel lucky that we had good light. In downhill if I don't feel confident enough to go hard I let myself go slow so I can see where I’m going. I was lucky in the morning running first because I got a super smooth course and that helped me relax and stay enough ahead of the downhill guys despite not skiing a fantastic run. I had a great downhill run,” Ligety continued.

Svindal had been in 22nd spot after the Slalom section and produced the fastest downhill section time. A small mistake in the run in to the finish meant that the difference was not as great as it could have been.

Matthias Mayer and Bode Miller also made the top finishers. Mayer was please with his run and happy to finish in the same area as many of the other downhillers in the slalom section. While Ligety enjoyed being able to go first, Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal felt that the course conditions on the Slalom section proved a little hazardous due to the ruts and snow conditions. Svindal explained between runs that he thought the gap to Ligety and Pinturault was too great but did feel he could make it up to at least fifth.

Svindal’s fifth place puts him back in the lead for the Overall while for Ligety he has strengthened his position in third with his 20th World Cup win, his first non Giant Slalom win.

Results
1. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
2, Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
3. Natko Zrncic-Dim (CRO)
5. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
8. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
9. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
14. Silvan Zurbriggan (SUI) HEAD
19. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
20. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
25. Frederic Berthold (AUT) HEAD
28. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD

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