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Event Preview: Time To Get Technical In The Combined

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David Kubes CZE in action during the Alpine Skiing Men’s Super-G at the Les Diablerets Alpine Centre. The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday 10 January 2020. Photo: OIS/Chloe Knott. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC.

Alpine Skiing enters the second day of the competition with the Slalom run of the men’s and women’s Alpine Combined.

The fight for Alpine Skiing medals ramps up, as the medalists from yesterday’s Super G compete for medals in the Alpine Combined. In Alpine Combined their are two runs, one Super G, and one Slalom. It’s a test of an athletes speed abilities, as well as, their technical abilities.

Generally the Alpine Combined is held as a completely separate event. However, at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games the Super G run of the Alpine Combined is the same as the actual Super G competition run. That means that athletes who performed well in the Super G are already off to a great start in the Alpine Combined.

On the women’s side, Switzerland’s Amelie Klopfenstein leads over France’s Caitlin McFarlane by 0.08 seconds. Noa Szollos is close behind, only 0.09 seconds back. Austria, Sweden, Italy, Slovakia, Serbia, and United States also start the day with athletes in striking distance.

On the men’s side, Sweden’s Adam Hofstedt has a razor thin lead of 0.06 seconds over Slovenia’s Rok Aznoh. Third place in the Super G was Switzerland’s Luc Roduit, but he was further back at 0.2 seconds off the pace. France, Czech Republic, Norway, Argentina, Austria, Germany, and Italy all have skiers in striking distance too.

Slalom requires better technical ability than Super G, so the margins of victory are generally more pronounced than the Super G. That means that many of the leaders are entering the Slalom on a essentially even start. With how close the time gaps are, there’s a good chance that the skier with the best Slalom time may also be the winner of the Alpine Combined.

For update-to-date information and results, you can Totallympics Media’s daily blog, or the timing and scoring for the event through the Lausanne 2020 website.

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