Switzerland’s Sandro Viletta leans on slalom to win super combined

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Krasnaya Polyana, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Switzerland’s Sandro Viletta took the gold in the super-combined event with an overall time of 2 minutes, 45.20 seconds, beating eventual silver medalist Ivica Kostelic of Croatia by 0.34 seconds.

Viletta was 14th in the morning downhill but had the second-fastest slalom time.

“It’s a moment I cannot believe,” Viletta said. “I knew after the downhill the slalom specialists were less than a second behind me. I knew I had to risk all. The slalom was just a perfect run for me.”

A career one-time winner (in super-G) Viletta , 28, a who has never been on a podium (top three) in a World Cup or major championship super-combined event, was the surprise gold medalist.

Kostelic, skiing on a course set by his coach and father, Ante Kostelic, won his fourth career Olympic medal — all silvers. This was also the third consecutive Olympiad he won silver in combined.

The 34-year-old Kostelic becomes the second-oldest Olympic alpine medalist, behind Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who was 34 years and sixth months when he won the 2006 super-G.

The bronze went to Italy’s Christof Innerhofer, who on Sunday won the silver in the downhill.

Reigning world champion Ted Ligety of the USA finished 11th, while fellow American and defending Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller landed in the 12th spot.

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