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No medal for Bode Miller, Ted Ligety in super combined; Sandro Viletta lands surprise gold

Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing Men

United States’ Bode Miller makes a turn in the downhill portion of the men’s supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Alessandro Trovati

U.S. skiers Bode Miller and Ted Ligety just couldn’t make up enough ground in the slalom portion of the super combined on Friday, with both big names failing to reach the podium.

Miller, 36, ended up with a better score of 2:46.60 overall, while Ligety, 29, generated a total time of 2:47.39. That’s right behind fellow U.S. skier Jared Goldberg, who finished with 2:47.29. Miller finished sixth, Goldberg came in 12th and Ligety settled for 13th place.

Not all is lost for the two skiers, particularly Ligety, who ranks among the favorites in slalom and Giant slalom. Both are entered in additional skiing events, so it’s not time to assume that Julia Mancuso’s bronze will hold up as the only U.S. Alpine skiing medal.

That doesn’t mean that both skiers are happy with their performances on Friday, though.

As far as the rest of the field goes, Sandro Viletta surprised with a strong slalom run to become the first Swiss skier to win super-combined gold. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia) won his third silver medal in a row in the event while Italy’s Christof Innerhofer took bronze. Norway’s Jketil Jansrud finished in fourth after topping the downhill run.

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