Posted: Jan 17, 2014 4:16 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 4:16 AM
WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) Alexis Pinturault used his slalom skills to build a big lead in the opening run of a World Cup super-combined on Friday.
The Frenchman, who won in Wengen last year, timed 49.94 seconds in falling snow, 1.22 faster than Ted Ligety of the United States. Natko Zrncic-Dim of Croatia was third, trailing Pinturault by 1.50.
Ligety, the super-combined world champion, got the best conditions skiing first before the course quickly deteriorated.
Olympic champion Bode Miller, starting No. 25, placed seventh with 3.43 to make up.
Organizers ran the slalom first to give snow and cloud cover time to clear before the afternoon downhill.
Downhill specialist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was 22nd, 4.32 behind.
Svindal can take the overall standings lead from Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher, who skips speed events.