PyeongChang Winter Olympics Recap: Men’s Alpine Combined

Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins gold and Team USA's Ted Ligety places 5th in Men's Alpine Combined

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On Monday night (Tuesday morning and afternoon in PyeongChang), top alpine skiers raced in the men’s Alpine Combined. The morning event was the Downhill at the Joeongseon Alpine Centre. Due to strong winds, the course was pushed down to the Super G start, shortening the run by about 20 seconds. The course was icy and windy, though winds had fortunately died down from Saturday’s 70 km per hour winds. The afternoon race had similar conditions, though it was less of a factor for the shorter slalom course.

In the Downhill, Germany’s Thomas Dressen set the pace as one of the first out of the gate. His time of 1:19:24 was never surpassed—Dressen won the Downhill and first race of the Alpine Combined with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud and Italy’s Christof Innerhofer close behind. Team USA’s Jared Goldberg, out of Salt Lake City, Utah, was the top USA competitor in this first race—placing 9th in the Downhill. Bryce Bennett, of Tahoe City, Calif., placed 23rd. Ted Ligety, of Park City, Utah, and winner of this event in 2006, placed  26th. All made the top 30 cut to proceed to the slalom event. Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, Vt., did not finish, crashing on the icy and technical course. 

The slalom event was later Tuesday afternoon for the top 30 racers. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who placed 7th in the Downhill and 1st in the Slalom, won Men’s Alpine Combined gold with a combined time of 2:06:52. France’s Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Ted Ligety, with an impressive return from his standing in the Downhill, placed 5th, 1.45 seconds off the leading time. Dressen, the leader of the pack in the Downhill, placed 9th overall. USA competitor Bennett Bryce had a solid slalom run, placing him in 17th in the combined. Jared Goldberg skied out of the course, still finishing the race but placing at 36th overall in the Alpine Combined. See results here. 

What’s next? 

Don’t miss Team USA in the upcoming races—Women’s Slalom run 1 and 2 on Tuesday, February 13th, at 6:15 PM and 9:45 PM MT and Men’s Super G on Wednesday, February 14th, at 7:00 PM MT. 

Who to watch: Alpine Racing