Another Big Miss for the US Team

Ted Ligety, Bode Miller fail to medal in super-combined

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 14, 2014 8:15 AM CST

(Newser) – Sandro Viletta of Switzerland stunned the favorites and won the Olympic super-combined title today in a spring-like race in which the temperature soared to 55 degrees. Viletta finished in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 45.20 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia took the silver medal in this event for the third consecutive Olympics, 0.34 behind, and Christof Innerhofer of Italy took bronze, 0.47 behind, to add to his silver from downhill.

It was more bad news for the US: Defending champion Bode Miller made a big mistake during his downhill run and finished sixth, while world champion Ted Ligety had a ragged slalom leg and placed 12th. Ligety had been considered a favorite and both were considered medal contenders.

Switzerland's Sandro Viletta celebrates after finishing the slalom portion of the men's supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.   (Gero Breloer)
Switzerland's Sandro Viletta celebrates after finishing the slalom portion of the men's supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.   (Gero Breloer)
Ted Ligety, of the United States, right, and his fellow-countryman Bode Miller warm up prior to a men's World Cup giant slalom, in Val D'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
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