February 08, 2015

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) UP NEXT

The women's Alpine combined race Monday, an event that features one run of downhill and another of slalom, with the times combined. It's also been called a super-combined.

2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN'S ALPINE COMBINED MEDALISTS

Gold, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany. Silver, Tina Maze, Slovenia. Bronze, Nicole Hosp, Austria.

THE FAVORITES

Maze: She's already 2 for 2 in medals at the world championships, with a silver in super-G and gold in downhill. She's trying to win a medal in every event.

Hosp: She was the silver medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S.: If she's close after the downhill portion, she could make things interesting for the slalom. She hasn't really raced slalom in years, however. But it will certainly rev up the hometown crowd should she be near the top of the leaderboard.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT

Julia Mancuso, United States: She did win Olympic bronze in Sochi and tends to elevate her skiing to another level at big events.

Anna Fenninger, Austria: Like Maze, she has two medals at worlds (gold, silver). She won the event at the 2011 world championships in Germany.

QUOTABLE

''I definitely skied (the downhill training Saturday). I put some power into the skis. I still made some mistakes, but I feel way better for the super-combined,'' - Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon, whose boyfriend, American skier Travis Ganong, finished with the silver medal in the men's downhill Saturday.

FACTS & FIGURES

Hoefl-Riesch retired after last season. ... Maze also finished runner-up at 2011 worlds. ... Maze is trying to medal in five events at worlds. Norway great Lasse Kjus won five world medals at Beaver Creek in 1999. ... Maze has won three World Cup Alpine combined events. ... Hosp has seven podium finishes in World Cup Alpine combined events. Only active skier with more is Vonn (12). ... Austria has the most medals (32) in the various forms of this event than any other country.

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