Category archive: Ski Jumping
WENGEN, Switzerland -- Ivica Kostelic won a World Cup super-combined event Friday to extend his lead in the overall standings with a third victory in 12 days. Bode Miller was the top American in sixth place.
Kostelic dominated the afternoon slalom run, after placing sixth in the downhill, for a combined two-leg time of 2 minutes 40.44 seconds. Carlo Janka of Switzerland was second, 0.58 seconds back. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third.
American Ted Ligety used the second-best slalom run to place ninth.
With 100 race points for victory, Kostelic holds a 109-point advantage on Svindal in the standings.
Kostelic's 14th World Cup win came after victories in a parallel slalom event this month at Munich and a slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland.
"I'm just riding on this wave that I caught in Munich and going from race to race," said Kostelic, who excels on the Wengen slalom slope. "These last two weeks have been the most successful of my career."
Miller, who edged Kostelic for the Olympic super-combined gold medal last February, was 1.68 back. The American got his best result of the season in a traditional World Cup race.
Ligety had the second-fastest slalom run in snowy conditions he described as "horrendous" after days of rain and warm weather.
"The course is just bottomless slush," said Ligety, who finished 23rd in the downhill. Ligety stayed fifth in the overall standings.
The wet, spring-like snow perfectly suited Kostelic, who prides himself on training into May when other racers take offseason breaks.
"I ski quite well on the soft snow," said Kostelic, who was fifth after the downhill.
Nearing the halfway mark of the season, Kostelic is well poised to claim his first overall World Cup title. His sister Janica was a three-time women's overall champion, in 2001, '03 and '06.
Janka is the defending overall champion and equaled his best result this season.
"Ivica was too strong. I'm really happy with my day, in downhill and the slalom," said the 24-year-old Swiss, who will defend his title in the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday.
Daniel Albrecht started a speed race for the first time since his horrific crash in downhill training two years ago at Kitzbuehel, Austria. He injured his brain and lungs and was kept in a medically induced coma for three weeks.
Albrecht, who has competed in three giant slaloms this season, ran two-thirds of the shortened Lauberhorn course before missing a gate in the downhill.
"I told myself yesterday, 'Do the race, but do it easily and take it as a training run," said the 27-year-old Swiss, who was 2007 world champion in super-combined. "The feeling is not so bad."
About 19,000 fans lined the course for the first of the three-race Lauberhorn weekend, which includes a slalom on Sunday.
A recap of Thursday's World Cup action:
Men's slalom: Ligety finishes sixthZAGREB, Croatia -- Andre Myhrer of Sweden won a World Cup night slalom race on Thursday for his second career title, four years after capturing his first.
The Olympic bronze medalist, who was fourth after the opening run, finished on the icy Crveni Spust course in a combined time of 1 minute, 52.74 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was 0.10 seconds behind to finish second in his home race for the third time in four years.
Myhrer's teammate Mattias Hargin had the fastest second-run time to jump from 30th to third, 0.36 behind the winner. Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli, who was fastest in the first run, finished 0.40 seconds back in fourth place.
"I knew the other guys were fast so I had to charge all the way down," Myhrer said.
The 27-year-old Swede, who also won a slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., in December 2006, went to the top of the discipline standings with 189 points, 36 clear of Kostelic.
Michael Walchhofer of Austria, who skips the technical races, remained in the lead of the overall standings with 409 points. Switzerland's Silvan Zurbriggen has 396 and Ted Ligety of the United States has 376.
"I was lacking speed recently," Myhrer said, expressing surprise at winning his second career race in Croatia. "I tried to focus on my skiing more than on the result."
Ligety, who is dominating the giant slaloms this season, finished sixth for his best slalom result since placing fourth in Schladming, Austria, in 2008.
"My slalom is getting better. It's taking me some time to adjust the equipment," said Ligety, who switched ski brands in the offseason. "I wasn't that fast last year but this year I feel I can get fast. It's just a matter of getting everything lined up right."
Women's downhill: Vonn strong in training sessionALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria -- Anna Fenninger of Austria posted the fastest time in a women's World Cup downhill training session Thursday, beating defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn by 0.10 seconds.
The 21-year-old Fenninger has yet to win a World Cup race but sped down the 3-kilometer Kaelberloch course in 1 minute, 48.60 seconds. Fenninger's teammate Andrea Fischbacher was 0.14 seconds behind in third, and overall leader Maria Riesch of Germany finished 18th.
Another downhill training run was scheduled for Friday, followed by a downhill race and a super-G this weekend.
Ski jumping: Morgenstern winsBISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria -- World Cup leader Thomas Morgenstern won the Four Hills ski jumping tournament for the first time on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Austrian took second place behind Norway's Tom Hilde in the final event to stay on top of the Four Hills standings ahead of Switzerland's Simon Ammann.
Morgenstern is the third straight Austrian winner of the prestigious competition after Wolfgang Loitzl in 2008-09 and Andreas Kofler last season. No nation has won the tournament for three years in a row since Norway from 1966-69.