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Tim Jitloff 14th in Alpine Worlds super combined

Sun Staff and Ski Racing Magazine report
Matthias Schrader / AP PhotoTim Jitloff out of Truckee looks on after completing the slalom portion of the men's super-combined at the Alpine World Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Monday. Jitloff finished 14th overall.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany and#8212; Truckee High grad Tim Jitloff recorded the only finish from American men in the super combined on Monday, placing 14th as Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway claimed gold.

Jitloff had made a costly mistake in the downhill and pushed gamely from the second start of the slalom to make up a nine-second deficit. He put up the third-fastest slalom run on the day, but wound up tied for 14th.

and#8220;I knew I had an opportunity to have a good, clean run and I did, and I made some points and#8212; nothing super exciting but at least it helps me for the next races,and#8221; said Jitloff, who grew up and skied in Truckee for 17 years.

Ted Ligety had a decent downhill (11th) and was definitely full-out attack in the slalom, but exited about halfway down. Bode Miller showed he can exit a race course with as much flamboyence as anyone, flying past the second gate on the slalom hill horizonal to the ground, his skis above his head.

and#8220;Bode didn’t have the best downhill run,and#8221;and#8221; said coach Sasha Rearick. and#8220;He was cutting off the line too much and going too straight forward for what the conditions could allow.and#8221;

Christof Innerhofer earned silver and Peter Fill bronze.

Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley apparently broke his hand hitting a gate high on the course in Saturday’s downhill and went on to finish 24th.

and#8220;I think it’s kind of broken,and#8221; he said of his left hand packed in ice. and#8220;It hurts.and#8221;

Ganong said he smacked the hand against the base of a gate about 30 seconds into the course. It hurt immediately and he said that was distracting at best.

and#8220;I can’t bend my finger. It hurt immediately. I could only hold my pole with two fingers it was so painful. I tried to cut inside all the bumps. … Ultimately I was really hurting and I was distracted,and#8221; Ganong said.

Canadian Erik Guay captured gold as Didier Cuche was silver and Innerhofer silver. Steven Nyman finished 13th to lead the Americans, while American Bode Miller appeared unable to generate speed at any point on course and finished 15th.

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