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Ligety gets into action with super-combi training

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Ted Ligety will test the Sochi Olympics snow for the first time Tuesday, while the women's field will try to replicate Julia Mancuso's line in the final downhill training session.

Men's super-combined and women's downhill training sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, followed by the women's downhill race Wednesday.

Here are five things to know about Alpine skiing heading into Tuesday's action:

TED'S TIME: Ligety has big medal ambitions for these games but he hasn't raced yet because he did not enter the downhill. His first action will come in downhill training for Friday's super-combined race.

Ligety won gold in combined under the old format of one downhill run and two slalom legs at the 2006 Turin Games. He won again under the current format of one downhill run and one slalom leg at last year's world championships in Schladming, Austria, setting him up as one of the top favorites for the Olympic event.

Ligety will be even a bigger favorite for the giant slalom next week, as that is the event he has dominated on the World Cup circuit for the past two seasons, winning nine of 14 races.

IMITATING MANCUSO: Julia Mancuso was so fast in the downhill portion of Monday's super-combined that other skiers will spend hours in front of video screens studying her line before Wednesday's race.

"I think every girl will look this evening @ her line," Austria Alpine director Hans Pum said. "After this downhill in the morning, she is the favorite for this downhill. And with the bronze medal, too, now she has no pressure."

While she ended up third after the slalom leg, Mancuso sped down the 2.7-kilometer (1.69-mile) Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds, 0.47 faster than second-place Lara Gut of Switzerland.

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