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France’s Alexis Pinturault slaloms to world combined gold
February 12, 2019
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Åre: France’s Alexis Pinturault laid down a fantastic slalom run to win the world alpine combined event on Monday, his first global title.

Pinturault, who claimed Olympic combined silver last year, left himself with it all to do in the slalom having only managed to finish 24th in the downhill, 1.52sec behind Italian leader Dominik Paris.

The 27-year-old held his nerve on a floodlit Olympia course to race down with a combined time of 1min 47.71sec. Slovenia’s Stefan Hadalin, who only scraped into the top 30, in 30th spot, by four-hundredths, claimed an impressive silver, 0.24sec off Pinturault, with Austrian Marco Schwarz taking bronze (+0.46).

Meanwhile, the US will skip Tuesday’s team event at the World Ski Championships, according to alpine director Jesse Hunt.

“In a continued effort to focus on development and build towards winning at every level, we at US Ski & Snowboard will not enter a team into tomorrow’s team event,” Hunt said in a federation tweet.

“We are maximizing our opportunity for success here in @Are2019, and @valdifassa2019 at the World Junior Champs next week.

“We are committed to developing our athletes in dual format events, so we can be in a position to contend for a medal in Beijing 2022.”

Newly-crowned super-G gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin had already announced she would miss the team event, as well as the alpine combined and downhill, in order to concentrate on the giant slalom and slalom.

The team event involves teams of 4-6 skiers, including at least two of each sex, who compete in a knock-out format over a parallel slalom in a best-of-four format.

The 16 best nations in the FIS Overall Nations Cup standings are eligible to participate, with the pairings being made according to those rankings.

The US have never won a team event at world level and were beaten by Britain in the round-of-16 when the discipline made its Olympic bow last year in Pyeongchang.

But their withdrawal nonetheless remains a blow for organisers, who have touted the team event as a “gladiatorial tournament of a ski race”.

Agence France-Presse

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