Beat Feuz (SUI), Ivica Kostelic (CRO), Bode Miller (USA)
THE RUN OF A LIFETIME – KOSTELIĆ DEFENDS WENGEN TITLE
Two tenths of a second meant victory for Ivica Kostelić. Thanks to a phenomenal run in the Slalom the Croatian was able to defend his title in the Super Combined event in Wengen. He also added 100 points to his overall World Cup tally at the same time. "I skied the Slalom of my life," said Kostelić in the finish area, visibly moved by the whole experience. After the Downhill race he thought his chances of victory had disappeared: "If you're three seconds behind, that's normally too much!"
Slalom at its finest
Despite this, the high-flyer from Zagreb managed to pull out all the stops yet again and gave his opponents a demonstration in the art of short swing turns. Kostelić mastered the most important sections, the steep slope and above all the transition to the flat in impressive style and let the skis go early enough. This is what gave him his lead, which he then kept until the very end. Having finished 23rd after the Downhill he was the seventh athlete to go into the Slalom and he took full advantage of the piste conditions as well. Nobody else was able to get within reach of him. Until it came to Beat Feuz (SUI), who was in the lead after the Downhill. The race became exciting again but at the end Feuz was left trailing by two tenths of a second.
Self-confidence in the children's Slalom
This is a confidence booster not only for tomorrow's Downhill but also and above all for the Slalom on Sunday. The Combined Slalom may not have been set ideally for the skills of the brilliant technical skier, but he was still able to demonstrate his class. "This was a children's Slalom today. It was very easy, which is how the Combined runs are mostly set. But last year, when my father set the course here – that was a tough Slalom!" Ante, the father in question, was also very proud in the finish area. "I never thought that Ivica would still be able to win today. "He skied an amazing race," said the head of the Kostelić clan, summing up.