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Looks like a gold medal for Bode Miller in men's super combined

February 21, 2010 |  1:07 pm

With all of the top skiers down the mountain, it looks like Bode Miller of the U.S. will win the gold medal in the men's super combined. Miller put up a time of 2:44.92 (adding his downhill and slalom times).

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia is second with a time of 2:45.25, and Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland is third in 2:45.32.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who led after the downhill portion of the event, missed a gate during the slalom.

U.S. skier Ted Ligety, the defending Olympic champion in combined, is in fifth place.

The super combined is a morning downhill time added to one run of slalom. The change in format, from two runs of slalom to one, helped Miller's medal chances.

Miller began his career as a brilliant slalom racer but, in recent years, has had trouble even completing two-run slalom races.

"I feel good," said Miller after the downhill run. "My slalom has been setting up pretty well."

-- Chris Dufresne in Whistler, Canada

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