SCHLADMING, Austria — American Ted Ligety already has two gold medals at the world championships, and he hasn’t even skied his best event yet.
Ligety won the super-combined title Monday with a superb downhill and an equally impressive night slalom run under the lights on the icy Planai course, for a two-run time of 2 minutes, 56.96 seconds.
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished second, a distant 1.15 seconds behind, and Romed Baumann of host Austria took the bronze medal, 1.17 back, after leading the downhill leg.
Ligety is best known for his giant slalom skills, but he won the super-G that opened the championships. He’ll be the overwhelming favorite for a third gold in Friday’s GS, after winning four of the five World Cup races in the discipline so far this season.
Although he wasn’t the last racer down, Ligety celebrated by skiing around in a circle in the finish area, then let out a series of fist pumps, knowing that it would be hard for anyone to match him.
“I’ve been on the World Cup for nine years now, so I know how to handle the pressure," Ligety said.
— The Associated Press