Feb 8, 2015 5:33 PM
Hirscher fast in slalom, wins Alpine combined at worlds
The Associated Press
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) Marcel Hirscher of Austria made up a staggering 3.16 seconds in the slalom portion of the Alpine combined to win the gold medal at the world championships, with downhill leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway hanging on for silver.
Starting first in the afternoon slalom session, Hirscher took advantage of a rut-free course to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.10 seconds Sunday. Jansrud, the 30th skier to go and with big grooves on the hill, wound up second, 0.19 seconds behind. American Ted Ligety, the defending champion, was third after going right after Hirscher.
The race had a scary moment in the downhill when Ondrej Bank of the Czech Republic crashed and slid across the finish line on his side. He was disqualified for straddling a gate.
That bumped Hirscher up from 31st to 30th, and the skier in 30th goes first. So he attacked the clean course.