Bode Miller and Ted Ligety are two of the most successful male American alpine ski racers of all time, so expectations for their Feb. 14 combined event were at an all-time high. So, did one of them grab the gold like Joss Christensen, or did they fall short like Shaun White?
One of the most popular and decorated members of the U.S. 2014 Winter Olympics team, Bode Miller, hit the slopes on Feb. 14 along with his fellow gold-medal winning teammate Ted Ligety an attempt to repeat his gold medal performance from Vancouver in 2010.
Bode Miller & Ted Ligety Don’t Medal In Sochi
In a heartbreaking defeat for Bode, it was Swiss skier Sandro Viletta who stunned the competition and won the men’s Olympic super combined gold medal on Friday. Croatian Ivica Kostelic took the silver, while Italian World Cup alpine ski racer Christof Innerhofer won bronze.
Bode won the event in the Vancouver games back in 2014 and was heavily favored in Sochi, but the 36-year-old finished sixth this time around after crucial mistakes in both the downhill run and the slalom course ended in a +1.40 behind Viletta.
Bode finished 12th in the downhill run earlier in the day, while his teammate Ted Ligety — the 2006 gold medal winner and current world champ — fell all the way to 18th. In a somewhat shocking turn of events, Ted’s slalom course was also a disappointment,
Shaun White Falls Short In Sochi
Of course, Ted and Bode aren’t the only favored Americans going home empty-handed. Snowboarder Shaun White was hoping to be a three-peat victor in the snowboard halfpipe on Feb. 11, but failed to medal after a disappointing series of runs.
What did you think of Bode and Ted’s performances, HollywoodLifers? Are you satisfied with the U.S. medal count in these Olympics so far?
— Shaunna Murphy