The first part of the ladies’ alpine combined was affected by snowfall and poor visibility and was initially delayed by half an hour. The start had to be lowered to the super-G start and the first athlete to get out of the start house was American Lindsey Vonn. She kept her lead until Ricarda Haaser, representing Austria, crossed the finish line. However, Ilka Stuhec, back in the game and in stellar shape, overtook Haaser right after.
"I thought I had a good race, but it will be hard to compete with the slalom specialists like Wendy Holdener and Petra Vlhova. I was able to have two days of slalom training and will go out there hoping to continue to do well", said Ricarda Haaser.
It was once again a very close race in the top three, where Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer finally claimed the first place one hundredth of a second ahead of Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia and six hundredths of a second in front of Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.
"It felt good to race today, even in these difficult conditions. I look forward to the slalom and hopefully compete for a medal today," said Ragnhild Mowinckel.
"Even though it was snowing quite heavily, the visibility was okay and we saw the gates well. It will be difficult to stay ahead of Wendy Holdener after the slalom, but I’ll give it my best. I don’t train slalom very often, but compared to other hills it’s not as steep here in Are, which may keep us downhillers closer to the slalom specialists," stated Ramona Siebenhofer.
The ladies' alpine combined slalom starts at 16.15 CET: