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Men's Combined

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Creekside, Whistler
Date Started: February 21, 2010
Date Finished: February 21, 2010
Format: One downhill and one slalom run, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA Bode Miller
Silver: CRO Ivica Kostelić
Bronze: SUI Silvan Zurbriggen

Summary

The first ever Olympic men's super combined was originally scheduled for Tuesday, 16 February, but the event had to be postponed due to heavy snow. At first it was moved to Friday, but the Super G was scheduled for that day, and the IOC preferred not to postpone races from the original schedule, so the super combined, which differs from the former combined event as only one slalom heat is raced, was contested on Sunday, 21 February.

The favorites were Aksel Lund Svindal, after gold in the Super G and silver in the downhill, he was also the reigning world champion in super combined, and Bode Miller, after a silver in the Super G and bronze in the downhill, and having won the World Cup super combined at Wengen earlier in the winter. Ivica Kostelić, who finished the downhill event on Monday in 18th place, and Benjamin Raich were also considered challengers. Kostelić won silver at Torino in 2006, had finished third in the 2009-10 World Cup super combined, which finished before Vancouver, and had won the last combined event at Kitzbühel about one month prior to the Games. Raich had already won the 2009-10 World Cup in the event and had one win at Val d'Isère. The first of the four combined events held in the seasonal World Cup was won by Carlo Janka at Beaver Creek. Janka had also won the combined World Cup in 2008-09 and placed second in 2009-10. Silvan Zurbriggen, second in the 2008-09 combined World Cup, and Ted Ligety, gold medalist from Torino, were also given a shot. The 2006 bronze medalist Rainer Schönfelder (ACL tear) as well as 2007 World Champion Daniel Albrecht, who had crashed horrifically in the downhill at Kitzbühel in January 2009, failed to compete in Vancouver.

The downhill saw Aksel Lund Svindal leading with 1:53.15, 0.39 seconds ahead of Dominik Paris and 0.50 seconds ahead of Carlo Janka. Ted Ligety, who finished 15th in the downhill section, set the standard in what would be the fastest slalom time, resulting in a combined time of 2:45.82. His lead held until Ivica Kostelić, starting with a 0.86 second advantage ahead of Ligety, raced to a combined time of 2:45.20 on the slalom course designed by his father. Starting two skiers later, Bode Miller skied an almost perfect slalom to take over the lead by 0.33 seconds ahead of Kostelić. Silvan Zurbrigen, skiing next, posted a combined time of 2:45.32 to put him into the bronze medal position. The final four skiers were, arguably, more downhill specialists, and had big leads over Miller after the downhill section. The first of the four, downhill gold medallist Didier Défago went out after missing a gate. Janka threatened for a while, but his time of 2:45.54 finished just outside the medals. The final two skiers, Paris and Svindal, both missed gates and failed to finish, so Bode Miller won his first Olympic gold medal at his third Games. With Miller Head won its third gold medal (and eighth in total) at this Games, while Kostelić won the first medal for Fischer with silver and Zurbriggen won bronze for Rossignol.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Bode Miller 32 United States USA Gold 2:44.92
2 Ivica Kostelić 30 Croatia CRO Silver 2:45.25
3 Silvan Zurbriggen 28 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2:45.32
4 Carlo Janka 23 Switzerland SUI 2:45.54
5 Ted Ligety 25 United States USA 2:45.82
6 Benjamin Raich 31 Austria AUT 2:46.13
7 Ondřej Bank 29 Czech Republic CZE 2:46.19
8 Christof Innerhofer 25 Italy ITA 2:46.45
9 Kjetil Jansrud 24 Norway NOR 2:46.50
10 Will Brandenburg 23 United States USA 2:47.06
11 Andrew Weibrecht 24 United States USA 2:47.58
12 Adrien Théaux 25 France FRA 2:47.97
13 Dominik Paris 20 Italy ITA 2:47.99
14 Sandro Viletta 24 Switzerland SUI 2:48.19
15 Ryan Semple 27 Canada CAN 2:48.26
16 Markus Larsson 31 Sweden SWE 2:48.30
17 Kryštof Krýzl 23 Czech Republic CZE 2:48.31
18 Julien Lizeroux 30 France FRA 2:48.36
19 Thomas Mermillod-Blondin 24 France FRA 2:48.62
20 Natko Zrnčić-Dim 23 Croatia CRO 2:48.86
21 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 25 Russia RUS 2:49.28
22 Truls Ove Karlsen 34 Norway NOR 2:49.31
23 Stepan Zuyev 21 Russia RUS 2:49.75
24 Stephan Keppler 27 Germany GER 2:49.79
25 Roger Vidosa 25 Andorra AND 2:50.33
26 Mike Janyk 27 Canada CAN 2:50.77
27 Andrej Jerman 31 Slovenia SLO 2:50.84
28 Filip Trejbal 25 Czech Republic CZE 2:50.85
29 Ed Drake 24 Great Britain GBR 2:50.91
30 Louis-Pierre Hélie 24 Canada CAN 2:51.58
31 Martin Vráblík 27 Czech Republic CZE 2:52.46
32 Tyler Nella 21 Canada CAN 2:52.65
33 Igor Zakurdayev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:56.20
34 Stefan Georgiev 32 Bulgaria BUL 2:57.41
AC Aksel Lund Svindal 27 Norway NOR DNF
AC Didier Défago 32 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Hans Olsson 25 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Peter Fill 27 Italy ITA DNF
AC Andrej Šporn 28 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Lars Myhre 25 Norway NOR DNF
AC Ferrán Terra 22 Spain ESP DNF
AC Andrej Križaj 23 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Manfred Mölgg 27 Italy ITA DNF
AC Cristian Simari Birkner 29 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Andreas Romar 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Georg Streitberger 28 Austria AUT DNF
AC Kevin Esteve Rigail 20 Andorra AND DNF
AC Romed Baumann 24 Austria AUT DNF
AC Ivan Ratkić 23 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Johan Clarey 29 France FRA DNF
AC Roberts Rode 22 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Jaroslav Babušiak 25 Slovakia SVK DNF