Alpine combined can be a funny event. Just the thought of nimble slalom skiers in a bullet tuck and speed skiers dancing their way down a slalom course can be cause for some serious eyebrow raising. Friday’s alpine combined in Bormio, Italy, was no different.

Every once in a while, however, an athlete comes along that is just as adept at the sweeping, high-speed turns of downhill and super-G as they are at picking apart a slalom course with samurai-like precision and grace. For the past several years, France’s Alexis Pinturault has been that athlete. Astonishingly, Pinturault has only finished off of a combined podium three times since 2013, picking up seven wins and four of the last five crystal globes in the discipline since. With his impressive come from behind win on Friday, Pinturault is the undisputed king of combined.

Perhaps more notable for his titanic giant slalom battles with the likes of Marcel Hirscher and the rest of the deep French men’s GS squad or his swashbuckling style in slalom, it’s easy to overlook Pinturault’s aptitude at the speed events. Although his pure World Cup downhill experience is limited, the Frenchman has climbed the podium in super-G three times in his career including a win in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in 2014.

After a middle of the pack downhill portion, Pinturault relied on his slalom prowess to jump 18 places in the standings and take the win.

“It was one of the hardest downhills we’ve ever had in combined,” said Pinturault. “The slalom was also not that difficult. It was a really long flat, like more than half of the slalom and really straight so it was really difficult for me to make a huge difference in the slalom and probably that I win today also because of my downhill performance.”

Following Pinturault on the podium was a pair of speed maestros with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud claiming his second podium in as many days in second, 0.42 seconds back, and Italy’s two-time downhill title winner Peter Fill rounding out the podium in third, 0.45 seconds off the pace.

“Slalom was good,” Jansrud shared. “I think I was a little below average on the downhill; I didn’t make it work the way I wanted and it’s always good to bring out some old slalom skills. Bormio has never been a good venue for me, I haven’t taken many World Cup points here but now I have. I have two podiums in two days and am very happy and excited and am taking a New Years break with a smile on my face.”

With the afternoon slalom run taking place on the bottom of the downhill track, the slalom portion could be described as a drag race by World Cup standards, but that high speed and quick tempo proved quite the challenge, especially for athletes with limited slalom experience. Many of the top performers in the downhill run found themselves falling way back in the standings by the race’s end.

For the American contingent, Vermont’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the squad and picked up his first World Cup points of the season in 14th. Cochran-Siegle admitted to tweaking his knee slightly in the downhill training run on Tuesday and was unable to push as hard as he wanted in either run of the combined.

“When I kicked out of the start gate I definitely wasn’t able to just let it go as much,” he said after the race. “With combined, it’s kind of a funny event where if you make it down clean you usually end up with points. At the same time, being disappointed with your skiing … that can be kind of frustrating at times. I think it’s good that we’re in the points and can move forward from today but I also think we’ve got a lot of work to do as well.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle scored his first points of the season on Friday. Image Credit: GEPA pictures/Mario Buehner

Following Cochran-Siegle in the points was Jared Goldberg in 15th and Bryce Bennett in 19th. Sam Morse rounded out the American finishers in 35th and Drew Duffy did not finish his slalom run.

That’s a wrap for men’s World Cup action in 2017. Racing picks up in 2018 with men’s and women’s slalom in Zagreb, Croatia Jan. 3-4.

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Top 10

  1. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  3. Peter Fill (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  5. Thomas Dressen (GER) – Rossignol/Lange/Look
  6. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Martin Cater (SLO) – Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  8. Broderick Thompson (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
  9. Gian Luca Baradun (SUI) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Romed Baumann (AUT) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  7  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:50.36  50.77  2:41.13  0.00  100
 2  12  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:49.21  52.34  2:41.55  +0.42  3.00  80
 3  16  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:49.68  51.90  2:41.58  +0.45  3.21  60
 4  1  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:49.76  52.05  2:41.81  +0.68  4.85  50
 5  21  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:49.34  52.62  2:41.96  +0.83  5.92  45
 6  18  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:48.92  53.18  2:42.10  +0.97  6.92  40
 7  13  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:50.88  51.27  2:42.15  +1.02  7.28  36
 8  47  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  1:50.73  51.62  2:42.35  +1.22  8.71  32
 9  26  512031 BARANDUN Gian Luca 1994 SUI  1:50.41  52.13  2:42.54  +1.41  10.06  29
 10  15  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:50.02  52.62  2:42.64  +1.51  10.78  26
 11  30  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:49.93  52.74  2:42.67  +1.54  10.99  24
 12  6  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:51.17  51.76  2:42.93  +1.80  12.85  22
 13  37  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA  1:51.26  51.71  2:42.97  +1.84  13.13  20
 14  22  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  1:50.41  52.64  2:43.05  +1.92  13.70  18
 15  31  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:50.27  53.00  2:43.27  +2.14  15.27  16
 16  35  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:50.73  52.55  2:43.28  +2.15  15.34  15
 17  45  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:51.24  52.10  2:43.34  +2.21  15.77  14
 18  5  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:50.29  53.07  2:43.36  +2.23  15.92  13
 19  20  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:49.84  53.58  2:43.42  +2.29  16.34  12
 19  3  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:51.45  51.97  2:43.42  +2.29  16.34  12
 21  14  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:50.45  53.05  2:43.50  +2.37  16.91  10
 22  25  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  1:51.43  52.10  2:43.53  +2.40  17.13  9
 23  42  501987 MONSEN Felix 1994 SWE  1:50.09  53.60  2:43.69  +2.56  18.27  8
 24  32  512038 ROGENTIN Stefan 1994 SUI  1:51.54  52.16  2:43.70  +2.57  18.34  7
 25  11  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:50.05  53.98  2:44.03  +2.90  20.70  6
 26  2  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  1:52.34  51.73  2:44.07  +2.94  20.98  5
 27  34  512039 ROULIN Gilles 1994 SUI  1:49.87  54.24  2:44.11  +2.98  21.27  4
 28  4  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  1:50.03  54.13  2:44.16  +3.03  21.63  3
 29  39  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA  1:50.50  53.70  2:44.20  +3.07  21.91  2
 30  46  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  1:52.08  52.16  2:44.24  +3.11  22.20  1
 31  33  54157 DANKLMAIER Daniel 1993 AUT  1:51.02  53.24  2:44.26  +3.13  22.34  0
 32  49  194858 ALLEGRE Nils 1994 FRA  1:51.24  53.07  2:44.31  +3.18  22.70  0
 33  28  54009 WALDER Christian 1991 AUT  1:50.19  54.83  2:45.02  +3.89  27.76  0
 34  8  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:52.15  52.93  2:45.08  +3.95  28.19  0
 35  44  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  1:51.77  53.43  2:45.20  +4.07  29.05  0
 36  41  170131 FAARUP Christoffer 1992 DEN  1:51.28  54.32  2:45.60  +4.47  31.90  0
 37  43  151238 ZABYSTRAN Jan 1998 CZE  1:53.63  54.23  2:47.86  +6.73  48.03  0
Did not finish 2nd run
 51  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  1:54.35  0
 40  303758 SUGAI Ryo 1991 JPN  1:52.50  0
 38  6292181 PRAST Alexander 1996 ITA  1:51.87  0
 36  6531127 DUFFY Drew 1995 USA  1:52.32  0
 27  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:51.57  0
 24  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:49.61  0
 23  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:50.81  0
 19  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic 1991 AUT  1:51.30  0
 10  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:48.71  0
 9  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  1:51.94  0
Disqualified 2nd run
 17  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  0
Did not start 2nd run
 50  430640 BABICKI Pawel 1994 POL  1:53.19  0
Did not finish 1st run
 48  54080 NEUMAYER Christopher 1992 AUT  0
 29  561214 DEBELAK Tilen 1991 SLO  0
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