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Ivica Kostelic wins World Cup super-combined event

 Switzerland's Beat Feuz is airborne on his way to set the fastest time during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, ...
 Croatia's Ivica Kostelic  speeds down the course during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland...
 Bode Miller, of the United States, takes a curve during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup supercombined, in Wengen, Switzerland,...
 Italy's Peter Fill speeds down the course during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland, Frida...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Switzerland's Beat Feuz is airborne on his way to set the fastest time during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, ...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic speeds down the course during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Bode Miller, of the United States, takes a curve during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup supercombined, in Wengen, Switzerland,...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Italy's Peter Fill speeds down the course during the downhill portion of an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland, Frida...

Ivica Kostelic used a surging slalom run to rise from 23rd place and win a World Cup super-combined race Friday.
The Croatian slalom specialist trailed first-run leader Beat Feuz by almost three seconds in downhill, but edged the young Swiss skier for victory by 0.20 seconds.
"I guess no one would put money on me after the downhill. Fortunately, I can say I had one of my best runs ever," Kostelic said.
Kostelic, who also won this event last year, had a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 42.16 seconds.
Bode Miller of the United States was third, trailing Kostelic by 0.45 after finishing second-fastest in the downhill.
"For me, it was really a pretty frustrating day," said Miller, before describing a "miserable" slalom run. "Obviously I made a huge mistake and I allowed myself to get a little bit frustrated."
The 34-year-old Miller, who won this event in 2010, congratulated his fellow veteran Kostelic with a hug in the finish area after Feuz's effort came up short.
Kostelic's 21st career World Cup win closed the gap on Marcel Hirscher of Austria in the overall standings. Hirscher did not enter Friday's race, and is scheduled to compete next in Sunday's slalom.
With the 100 World Cup points for victory, Kostelic _ the defending overall champion _ trails Hirscher by 130.
Kostelic also made a winning start to the defense of his season-long title in super-combined. He will likely be a strong favorite to win the classic combined event next weekend at Kitzbuehel, Austria.
He said he had not expected to get his third win this season after slalom victories last month at Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Flachau, Austria.
"I think the course setting was quite easy and the snow was not super-demanding so I didn't actually see where I could play my advantage," Kostelic said.
Ted Ligety of the United States climbed to third overall, 232 behind Hirscher, after placing sixth Friday, 0.81 behind.
"It would have been easy to be seven-tenths faster in slalom," Ligety said. "I skied well at the top but was too conservative down the pitch."
Feuz stayed fifth in the overall points race, and Miller retained his sixth spot with his ninth career podium finish at arguably the World Cup's most traditional and distinctive venue.
Miller's performance on the shortened downhill course suggests he will be difficult to beat Saturday in the classic Lauberhorn race which he won in 2007 and '08.
Feuz, who was runner-up to Miller at the Beaver Creek downhill, is also favored after being fastest by 0.78 in the super-combined downhill.
"I don't think there is anything to change," Feuz said in comments translated from Swiss-German. "Nobody even came close to my time."
In the downhill portion, Ryan Semple of Canada crashed out on a section known as the Minschkante, where Olympic downhill champion Didier Defago of Switzerland went out in Thursday's training run. Semple was reported to be uninjured.


Updated : 2021-10-23 09:19 GMT+08:00