The day dawned with heavy snowfall overnight but the skies cleared by lunchtime when the downhill portion of the ladies’ alpine combined was carried out. Even though the visibility was poor at the top, and although the start was moved down to the first reserve start at the start of super-G, it became a well-attended and exciting ladies’ alpine combined competition. Ramona Siebenhofer led the downhill run ahead of Ilka Stuhec and Ragnhild Mowinckel.
Siebenhofer was close to secure a podium finish as there were only two hundredths between her and Mowinckel in the slalom. But the Norwegian, who was third after the downhill had the hundredths on her side and scored her career’s first World Championships medal. Accordingly, Austria was left without medal in the ladies’ combined for the first time since 1991.
"Oh insane. It’s so cool. This is for some of the things you dream of and to put it all together on one day when it counts is the best feeling ever. So I’m also super excited also about my downhill in terms of Sunday and just being able to get the whole slalom run down in a pretty okay manner. I’m super excited about that", said Mowinckel and continued:
"This is as close to home as it gets. It’s SO much fun and having friends & family cheer me on. Even the Swedes I feel cheered me on here. Yeah, kind of like home. I’m super excited about that for sure".
Silver medalist Petra Vlhova was in eighth position before the slalom run and had an excellent run. In the end, there were just three hundredths between her and Wendy Holdener, to the advantage of the Swiss racer. For Holdener it was her third medal after the two she won at St Moritz 2017.
"I’ve had really good training sessions recently and once I had a good downhill run I had the feeling that I might make it", said Wendy Holdener afterward.