Bode Miller, Ted Ligety struggle in super combined downhill
U.S. skiers Bode Miller and Ted Ligety came into the downhill portion of the men’s super combined with different goals and expectations. Even with that context in mind, they left that part of the event disappointed, as NBCOlympics.com notes.
This was supposed to be the area where Miller, 36, would give himself a little breathing room entering the slalom. Instead, he finished 1.43 seconds behind leader Kjetil Jansrud in 12th place.
Ligety, 29, was essentially in damage control mode in just giving himself an opening for an excellent slalom run - he’s the more technical of the two skiers - but he might have finished too far behind to overcome a talented field. Ligety is almost two seconds behind the top pace (1.93, to be exact) in 18th place.
Ondrej Bank and Matthias Mayer are right behind Jansrud in second and third respectively ... and they’re by no means the only skiers with a legitimate shot at the gold or at least a medal.
Here is a little more about the contenders heading into the slalom from NBCOlympics.com, which begins at 6:30 a.m. ET.
Here’s the link for the live stream: