Ligety takes first World Cup win in super combined

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Ligety takes first World Cup win in super combined

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American Ted Ligety has won his first World Cup super-combined event, outdoing Frenchman Alexis Pinturault in the downhill section of the race.

The 29-year-old had never before won in the combined event on the World Cup circuit, but does have Olympic and World Championship gold medals to his name.

After heavy overnight snowfall, organisers prepared a shortened downhill course, which they ran second to give time for cloud cover to clear.

Ligety overturned a 1.22-second deficit from the slalom to beat Frenchman Alexis Pinturault by 0.22 seconds.

Pinturault put in a good run in Wengen and finished second in the combined event.

But the French skier’s performance wasn’t quite enough to prevent Ligety from boosting his advantage over him in the race for third place in the overall standings.

With the fastest downhill time of the day, World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal finished fifth.

His score of 45 World Cup points was enough to claim the overall World Cup lead from rival Marcel Hirscher, who skipped the speed events. Hirscher is expected to score highly in the upcoming slalom, which Svindal will leave out.

Super combined Olympic champion Bode Miller finished the day in ninth place after only managing a seventh place finish in the morning’s tricky slalom.