Bode Miller was second in the downhill, then held on to finish third in the Wengen super combined. (Getty Images/AFP/Olivier Morin)
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 13) - Olympic super combined champion Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) opened the 82nd Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen with third in the discipline that brought him Vancouver gold. Miller, second in the downhill portion, held on to the podium as Croatian Ivica Kostelic earned his third win of the season. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) moved up from 19th in the downhill to finish sixth and jump to third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings.
Bode Miller was third in the Wengen super combined for his third World Cup podium of the season
Ted Ligety finished sixth to move to third in the overall standings. Miller is now sixth
Croatian Ivica Kostelic won the race for his third victory this season
Miller was second after the downhill portion with Ligety in 19th
It was Miller's seventh career podium in super combined and ninth podium in Wengen
It wast the 74th World Cup podium of Miller's 15-year career
The race opened the 82nd Lauberhorn World Cup weekend in the famed Swiss alpine village
The downhill, the longest on tour, is scheduled for Saturday
QUOTES Bode Miller I made a huge mistake in the slalom and I allowed myself to get a little bit frustrated.
The whole day was extremely frustrating. Slalom was miserable. It's not been going well. I had two or three runs that went well in training but from the moment I came out of the starting gate I knew it was not going to be a good day.
Ted Ligety The course setting was pretty easy and the snow was surprisingly good. I skied well at the top but was way too conservative down the pitch. I wasn’t confident enough to go for it.
It would have been easier to be seven-tenths faster. It’s about as easy a course as we have seen in a long time.
A top-10 finish is fine but it’s not really what I was hoping for.
TV Universal Sports will air the Wengen super combined at 11 a.m, 2 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET