Hirscher, Jansrud and Ligety take the podium in Alpine Combined!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 10, 2015 7:43 am

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From last to first, Marcel Hirscher comes in with the top spot on the podium for the Alpine combined. The Alpine combined includes the Birds of Prey downhill paired with two slalom runs. Barely making the ‘top-30’ Hirscher was first out of the gate for the slalom runs which was an advantage because of the changing snow conditions. As Hirscher said: “It is unbelievable two days ago I was debating if it made sense to start in the Super combined since my downhill training times weren’t too fast, but it seems I made a good decision. In the second run I was definitely lucky to be the first to go down. I don’t think anyone expected me to win today. I entered this championship with the goal of winning one medal of any color so anything that happens from here on out is a big bonus.” Not only did Hirscher come away with a medal, but with a Gold.

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The silver honors went to Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud who is returning home with his first World Championship medal. After placing fourth in the Super-G and not putting down the run he had hoped on the downhill course, Jansrud was looking for redemption in the slalom. “I don’t know where that slalom run came from, I’m not training any slalom these days, I knew I had a big lead going into the slalom and I knew there was a slim chance of getting a medal if I had a really good run.”

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The American Ted Ligety had a great slalom run which helped secure him the Bronze. Ligety is no stranger to the podium at the World Championships, bringing home his sixth medal from the Championships’ and his second in the Alpine combined. Ligety’s recap on the race: “I’m really surprised to be on the podium after my downhill run. I just went out and skied with reckless abandon in the slalom. It’s a pretty bizarre race that I made podium after finishing 29th in the downhill.”

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