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Alpine Skiing at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's Combined

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Sestriere Colle; , Sestriere Borgata
Date Started: February 14, 2006
Date Finished: February 14, 2006
Format: One downhill run and two slalom runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA Ted Ligety
Silver: CRO Ivica Kostelić
Bronze: AUT Rainer Schönfelder

Summary

Already the winner of the giant slalom and slalom, Benjamin Raich, the 2005 combined World Champion and World Cup leader, was a heavy favorite. Far better as a technical skier, he placed only 13th in the downhill portion of the combined, but won the first run of the slalom to move into the lead. But then on the second slalom run, he straddled a gate and did not finish. The downhill had been led by American Bode Miller, who was having a terrible Olympics, and he continued that trend, not finishing the first slalom run. Behind Raich after the first slalom run were Croatian Ivica Kostelić, and surprising American Ted Ligety, who was a slalom specialist, with three podium finishes in World Cup slaloms in 2005-06, but who had only been named to the US National Team in 2005, and had never placed in a combined event on the World Cup circuit. The final slalom run was won by France's Jean-Baptiste Grange, who was not a medal contender, having placed only 45th in the downhill and standing 24th going into the second slalom effort. But right behind him was Ligety, which brought him a shocking gold medal. Kostelić was only 12th in the second slalom run but held on for the silver medal, with bronze going to Austrian Rainer Schönfelder. Ligety would win the 2008 World Cup title in giant slalom, but thru 2011, has never again won a combined event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ted Ligety 21 United States USA Gold 3:09.35
2 Ivica Kostelić 26 Croatia CRO Silver 3:09.88
3 Rainer Schönfelder 28 Austria AUT Bronze 3:10.67
4 Daniel Albrecht 22 Switzerland SUI 3:10.73
5 Giorgio Rocca 30 Italy ITA 3:10.74
6 Ondřej Bank 25 Czech Republic CZE 3:11.00
7 Marc Berthod 22 Switzerland SUI 3:11.22
8 Pierrick Bourgeat 30 France FRA 3:11.29
9 Peter Fill 23 Italy ITA 3:12.21
10 Kjetil Jansrud 20 Norway NOR 3:12.32
11 Markus Larsson 27 Sweden SWE 3:12.34
12 Martin Vráblík 23 Czech Republic CZE 3:12.41
13 Jean-Baptiste Grange 21 France FRA 3:12.51
14 Noel Baxter 24 Great Britain GBR 3:12.79
15 Aleš Gorza 25 Slovenia SLO 3:12.91
16 Scott Macartney 28 United States USA 3:13.05
17 John Kucera 21 Canada CAN 3:13.26
18 Johan Brolenius 28 Sweden SWE 3:13.27
19 Andrej Jerman 27 Slovenia SLO 3:13.80
20 Kryštof Krýzl 19 Czech Republic CZE 3:14.18
21 François Bourque 21 Canada CAN 3:14.25
22 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 21 Russia RUS 3:15.46
23 Cristian Simari Birkner 25 Argentina ARG 3:16.54
24 Pavel Shestakov 25 Russia RUS 3:16.84
25 Ivan Heimschild 25 Slovakia SVK 3:18.41
26 Tin Široki 18 Croatia CRO 3:20.16
27 Jaroslav Babušiak 21 Slovakia SVK 3:20.78
28 Roger Vidosa 21 Andorra AND 3:21.37
29 Steve Nyman 23 United States USA 3:22.68
30 Andrej Šporn 24 Slovenia SLO 3:23.53
31 Mikhail Sedyankov 23 Bulgaria BUL 3:23.90
32 Claudio Sprecher 25 Liechtenstein LIE 3:24.08
33 Natko Zrnčić-Dim 19 Croatia CRO 3:24.15
34 Mario Matt 26 Austria AUT 3:28.78
35 Florentin Nicolae 24 Romania ROU 3:31.89
AC Benjamin Raich 27 Austria AUT DNF
AC Ivan Ratkić 19 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Renārs Doršs 20 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Mykola Skriabin 27 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Anton Konovalov 21 Russia RUS DNF
AC Manuel Osborne-Paradis 22 Canada CAN DNF
AC Aksel Lund Svindal 23 Norway NOR DNF
AC Silvan Zurbriggen 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Michael Walchhofer 30 Austria AUT DNF
AC Ryan Semple 23 Canada CAN DNF
AC Lasse Kjus 35 Norway NOR DNF
AC Michał Kałwa 27 Poland POL DNF
AC Stefan Georgiev 28 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Didier Défago 28 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Alex Antor 26 Andorra AND DNF
AC Sindri Már Pálsson 23 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Alex Heath 27 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Patrick Staudacher 25 Italy ITA DNF
AC Jorge Mandrú 19 Chile CHI DQ
AC Bode Miller 28 United States USA DQ
AC Nikolai Hentsch 22 Brazil BRA DQ
AC Konstantin Sats 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Filip Trejbal 21 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Jono Brauer 24 Australia AUS DNF