Will Bode Defend His Super Combined Downhill Gold?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 13, 2014 3:55 pm

The Super Combined Downhill men’s event will take place early tomorrow, Feb. 14 at 2 a.m. EST for the downhill and follow that up at 6:30 a.m. EST for the slalom.

Bode Miller, the defending gold medalist for Men’s Duper Combined Downhill event is ready to dominate Sochi and hopes to bring home another gold for Team USA. He states that, “Wishing in skiing does not get you far. It’s time to figure out how to get the most speed out of this [downhill] course and try to get a big gap on the slalom skiers. Tactics have to be the main goal, because it’s a pretty steep and challenging [slalom] course, with the snow conditions as well”.

Bode finished third in the final downhill training run prior to tonight’s event and is favored to take the gold.


Photo © Jesse Starr/Vail Resorts / Bode Miller defending Olympic super combined champion. 

Ted Ligety is also the 2006 Olympic combined gold medalist when the event was run as a downhill plus two runs of slalom. “I want to be able to try and get on the podium, and win. I think that is well within my grasp if I ski well. Hopefully I can piece together a good run and then have a good slalom run, and hopefully that equals something metallic around my neck”, states Ted from Sochi.

Photo © Jesse Starr/Vail Resorts / Ted Ligety is the defending World Champion.

Also in the training run in Sochi, Jared Goldberg was eight, Andrew Weibrecht 10th and Ted came in 11th.