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Ligety Rips to 4th in Super Combined

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December 10, 2006

REITERALM, AUSTRIA – (USST News Bureau Release) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) turned in the second-fastest slalom run Sunday and moved up 14 places to tie for fourth in a super combined won by slalom world champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Steve Nyman (Provo, UT) was 15th and Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) skied out in the super G portion.

The race was moved from Val d’Isere, France, because of poor snow conditions. It mixed a super G and one run of slalom. Kostelic finished in a total time of 2:08.90 with Ligety, 23rd in the super G, tied for fourth with Swede Hans Olsson at 2:10.44 as the World Cup schedule resumed after relocation from snow-starved Val d’Isere, France.

“My super G was pretty good – and it was a rugged super G – but my slalom’s still a work in progress,” Ligety said, referring to a broken right hand, which is healing and getting stronger, “but I’m happy. The super G was bumpy, for sure.

“There was a little bit of snow and it made the frozen snow underneath pretty rotten. It was bumpy and hard to get an edge in the super G but the slalom had better conditions than I thought they’d be. It held up pretty well.”

He added, “The super G was definitely gnarly. We had light snow through the race and it was overcast, so the light was a little tough, but I’m happy. I hope to get a couple of more races and have some more good results.”

Nyman’s two-run time was 2:11.25 while Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH), moving beyond his normal gate-running routine this season, started 70th, moved up to 50th in the super G and finished 31st, one-hundredth of a second away from World Cup points.

“Ted did a really good job again. He was so close to the podium and that’s very encouraging,” Head Coach Phil McNichol said. “And Nyman had a few bobbles in super G or he’d have been higher.”

The overnight snow, mixed with some rain created tricky conditions, he said, “and if you got off-line, if you went off course just a bit, you’d get into some of that soft snow and the conditions became very variable…and that’s what happened with Bode. He was doing well – he had the fastest time at the top, but he got off a bit, he went to his inside ski and put his hand down and bounced into some of that soft snow and he just couldn’t get out.

“This isn’t a hard course, but that makes it even more challenging because if you have a mistake there’s no place to make up time. So, if you get off-line, it can really cost you.”

The men’s schedule resumes Friday and Saturday in Italy with the traditional downhill and super G in Val Gardena, Italy, followed by a giant slalom and slalom next Sunday and Monday in nearby Alta Badia, Italy.

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=22448.