As expected, the men's combined slalom is turning into a pure Norwegian and Austrian thing, as the men complete the first run today, in St Anton, Austria.
Title holder Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway set the pace for the first run of the men's combined slalom to go into the lead with a time of 45.85 seconds. The hot favourite only has a tiny margin, however, as Austria's Mario Matt took a dangerously close line at times to finish one-tenth of a second behind and take second position.
The Austrians are holding third and fourth positions as well with Rainer Schoenfelder on a time of 46.21 seconds and Kilian Albrecht on 46.39. But the Austrian team has had one spot of bad luck in the combined already. Michael Walchhofer lost his ski when he got it caught on the wrong side of the gate midway down the course and is out of the competition, leaving his three teammates to fight the Norwegians to a place on the podium.
The remaining Norwegian, Lasse Kjus, was 0.82 seconds off the leading time to go into fifth. There is then quite a jump to Bode Miller, in sixth place, 1.39 seconds off the pace.
The second run of the combined slalom will take place at 20:30CET.