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Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Combined

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 14, 2014
Date Finished: February 14, 2014
Format: One downhill and one slalom run, total time determined placement.

Gold: SUI Sandro Viletta
Silver: CRO Ivica Kostelić
Bronze: ITA Christof Innerhofer

Summary

The second men's Alpine skiing event was held as scheduled on Friday, 14 February, with the downhill part moved up one hour for better conditions. The downhill phase was held on the same course as the downhill event five days but the course was shortened, starting at an altitude of 1,947 metres. The race started between "Accola Valley" and "Babya Yama," the first race going off at 1000.

Only two Super Combined events were scheduled during the 2013/14 World Cup and both were held prior to the Games. In Wengen Ted Ligety won in front of Alexis Pinturault while nine days later in Kitzbühel Pinturault beat Ligety, which meant that these two also topped the Combined scoring for the winter. In former years Ivica Kostelić was the dominant racer placing first in the Combined World Cup 2010/11 as well as in 2011/12 and tied with Pinturault in 2012/13. Aksel Lund Svindal was World Champion in 2011, while Ligety won in 2013, with Kostelić winning the World Cup Super Combined held as pre-Olympic event in Sochi in February 2012.

Aleksander Kilde, skiing first, set the early downhill target time of 1:53.85. Three starters later the time was bettered by Ondřej Bank (CZE) and, soon afterwards, by Kjetil Jansrud (NOR), who was to set the fastest time of the downhill phase in 1:53.24. Defending champion Bode Miller had a relatively poor race by his standards, placing 12th.

[Adam Žamba] (SVK), 27th after the downhill but a slalom specialist, skied what would be the best slalom time of 50.11 to put him in the lead and, eventually take fifth place. People were left wondering whether Žamba could do the impossible and win, until Sandro Viletta (SUI) produced what would be the second fastest slalom and a combined time of 2:45.20 to lead Žamba by 1.14 seconds. Miller skied a slightly better slalom, but still finished 0.26 seconds behind Žamba and was to eventually finish sixth. Viletta's first close challenger was to come from an unexpected source, Christof Innerhofer (ITA), a downhill specialist who was silver medallist in his specialist event. Innerhofer was to produce the joint third fastest slalom and finished 0.47 seconds behind Viletta, which appeared to leave the door open for Kostelić, but he was a little cautious on the slalom run and finished 0.34 seconds behind Viletta. For Kostelić this was his 4th Olympic silver medal, the gold having eluded him so far. The downhill leaders, Bank and Jansrud, were unable to keep their positions and finished seventh and fourth respectively.

Viletta was an unexpected winner as he had only one podium finish in the World Cup with a Super G win in Beaver Creek in December 2011 and his best World Cup Combined result was a fourth place. As he used Salomon skis he won the sole gold medal for this manufacturer at Sochi. Kostelić, on Fischer skis, won their lone medal in men’s Alpine events, while Innerhofer won another medal for Rossignol.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Sandro Viletta 28 Switzerland SUI Gold 2:45.20
2 Ivica Kostelić 34 Croatia CRO Silver 2:45.54
3 Christof Innerhofer 29 Italy ITA Bronze 2:45.67
4 Kjetil Jansrud 28 Norway NOR 2:46.26
5 Adam Žampa 23 Slovakia SVK 2:46.34
6 Bode Miller 36 United States USA 2:46.60
7 Ondřej Bank 33 Czech Republic CZE 2:46.84
8T Carlo Janka 27 Switzerland SUI 2:46.88
8T Aksel Lund Svindal 31 Norway NOR 2:46.88
10 Natko Zrnčić-Dim 27 Croatia CRO 2:47.06
11 Jared Goldberg 22 United States USA 2:47.29
12 Ted Ligety 29 United States USA 2:47.39
13 Matthias Mayer 23 Austria AUT 2:47.46
14 Romed Baumann 28 Austria AUT 2:47.59
15 Beat Feuz 26 Switzerland SUI 2:47.75
16 Martin Vráblík 31 Czech Republic CZE 2:47.92
17 Adrien Théaux 29 France FRA 2:48.66
18 Dominik Paris 24 Italy ITA 2:49.45
19 Kryštof Krýzl 27 Czech Republic CZE 2:49.89
20 Morgan Pridy 23 Canada CAN 2:50.03
21 Otmar Striedinger 22 Austria AUT 2:50.46
22 Paul de la Cuesta 25 Spain ESP 2:52.06
23 Nikola Chongarov 24 Bulgaria BUL 2:52.41
24 Pavel Trikhichev 21 Russia RUS 2:53.29
25 Ferrán Terra 26 Spain ESP 2:53.54
26 Igor Zakurdayev 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:54.64
27 Igor Laikert 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 2:55.70
28 Olivier Jenot 25 Monaco MON 2:55.82
29 Cristian Simari Birkner 33 Argentina ARG 2:56.09
30 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 29 Russia RUS 2:58.46
31 Marc Oliveras 22 Andorra AND 2:58.54
32 Henrik von Appen 19 Chile CHI 2:58.91
33 Martin Khuber 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:59.86
34 Christoffer Faarup 21 Denmark DEN 3:08.32
AC Klemen Kosi 22 Slovenia SLO [2:50.63] DQ
AC Matej Falat 20 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Yury Danilochkin 22 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Martin Bendík 20 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Ioan Achiriloaie 23 Romania ROU DNF
AC Aleksander Kilde 21 Norway NOR DNF
AC Max Franz 24 Austria AUT DNF
AC Maciej Bydliński 25 Poland POL DNF
AC Mauro Caviezel 25 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Peter Fill 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Alexis Pinturault 22 France FRA DNF
AC Thomas Mermillod-Blondin 28 France FRA DNF
AC Andrew Weibrecht 27 United States USA DNF
AC Jorge Birkner 23 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Georgy Georgiev 26 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Arnaud Alessandria 20 Monaco MON DNF