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Switzerland's Valetta wins super combined gold; Bode Miller 6th

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Bode Miller finished outside the top 10 in the super combined downhill. (USATSI)
Bode Miller finished outside the top 10 in the super combined downhill. (USATSI)

Team USA will have to continue waiting for its first men's alpine skiing medal of the Sochi Games as Bode Miller's strong slalom run wasn't enough to put him on the podium of the super combined.

Switzerland's Sandro Viletta took the gold, with Croatia's Ivica Kostelic earning the silver and Italy's Christof Innerhofer the bronze. Viletta is -- surprisingly -- the first Swiss skier to ever win gold in an Olympic combined event, in which skiers ski both a downhill and slalom run.

Both Miller and fellow American Ted Ligety were expected to be among the medal contenders, with Miller the defending Olympic combined champion and Ligety the current defending world champion. But both struggled in the downhill portion, with Miller placed 12th heading into the slalom and Ligety 18th.

Miller has traditionally been stronger in the downhill portion of the event, but actually responded with a strong slalom run to move him into sixth place. Ligety finished 12th, with American Jared Goldberg in 11th.

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