Olympics: Men's combined - five things to know

Hirscher commence sa moisson

Already guaranteed to go down in alpine history as one of the best skiers of all time, Hirscher had said he was after an 'amazing Olympic gold to cap his career, his previous best a slalom silver from Sochi four years ago.

Despite challenging conditions affecting the 2018 Games, the Winter Olympics continue on Tuesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with eight gold medals up for grabs.

A time of 1:20.56 saw him rank 12th in the downhill, his less favoured of the two events, and he then clocked an unrivalled time of 45.96 in the slalom.

Hirscher (2:06.52) finished just ahead of Pinturault (+0.23secs), while Muffat-Jeandet (+1.02secs) was further back. Asked later whether his wait for a gold medal had enhanced the value of its arrival, Hirscher paused and said, "Not really".

"I actually only found out my grandma was at the bottom before my second run", she said. But with one hundred ten kilometers per hour, wind, it is so dry snow, unbelievable.

Contenders abounded, with Pinturault in a threatening 10th place, and with the Norwegians Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud in second and fourth, but Hirscher and the ski intellectuals on the course knew the dynamic, dynastic truth.

The sport's ruling body is leaning toward running more parallel races where skiers compete at the same time, which are growing in popularity on the World Cup circuit.

He also said, "You never can expect something, especially in ski racing". Ligety's hoping for another taste of success, like in Italy in 2006 when he won the Olympic combined.

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"I'm super happy, because now this stupid question has gone away", Hirscher said, before adding with gusto, "Now The Question is Zzzzzzztt".

Hirscher wore bib No. 2 for the downhill and seemed to benefit from tailwinds before gusts swirled more strongly during a 15-minute delay caused by the third racer, Pavel Trikhichev, crashing out.

"There is only the wind that can be a problem", said France's Alexis Pinturault, who won the silver medal.

The combined finally kicked off an alpine skiing programme which has seen strong winds and unfavourable weather forecasts force the postponement of the opening men's downhill from Sunday to Thursday and the women's giant slalom from Monday to Thursday. Traditionalists like the mix of skills, but racers are now so specialized that those good at one discipline tend not to be competitive at the other.

The favorites have confirmed their status but, and this is one of the limitations of a trial condemned by the worldwide ski Federation (FIS), and which must disappear from the program of the world Cup for the season 2019-2020, it promotes too the technicians.

"I killed it", the Olympic champion said.

Svindal, a two-time world champion in combined, has not skied a competitive slalom run in two years.

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