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Bennett 16th in World Champs Alpine Combined

By Courtney Harkins
February, 15 2021
Bryce Bennett World Champs alpine combined
Bryce Bennett skis to 16th place overall in the World Championships alpine combined. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)

Bryce Bennett strung together a strong super-G run and a solid slalom run to score 16th in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships alpine combined event.

Marco Schwarz of Austria, the current best slalom skier in the world, took the gold—making Austria three-for-three in world titles so far in the 2021 World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Alexis Pinturault—who was the favorite coming into the day—made a small error in the middle of the slalom and ended up second, just .04 seconds behind Schwarz. Loic Meillard of Switzerland took bronze.

North American neighbor Jack Crawford of Canada was one of the best stories of the day, finishing in fourth place. He ran 32nd in the super-G portion and after the TV cameras had stopped rolling, came down to win the super-G by .08 seconds ahead of Pinturault. However, the speed specialist couldn’t quite keep up with the quick slalom gates and bumped down to fourth place overall.

Bennett, who had an impressive 10th place result in the downhill on Sunday, showed good form again, scoring 13th in the super-G run. But his slalom skills were a bit rusty, as the speed specialist had not trained a day of slalom in the last year. He ended up in 16th overall—an impressive feat given the 11 DNFs in the slalom due to icy conditions, including some of the top competitors of the day. Bennett even threw down a stylish 180 as he crossed through the finish line. 

“If we’re going to be honest, there’s no possible way I’m going to be competitive in slalom,” laughed Bennett. “I have not skied slalom in a year—not a single day of it. I took three runs in the warmup course and then was just trying to have fun this afternoon.”

Jared Goldberg was 29th after the super-G portion of the combined, but did not start the slalom run.

It’s the tech skiers turn to get to work now, as the World Championships leaves behind the speed events for the parallel, team event, giant slalom and slalom. Parallel is up next on Tuesday.

RESULTS
Men’s World Championships alpine combined

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Tuesday, Feb. 16
8:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Parallel Slalom Finals - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
8:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Parallel Slalom Finals - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Streaming Peacock
5:00 p.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Parallel Slalom Finals - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Wednesday, Feb. 17
6:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Team Event - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
6:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Team Event - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Streaming Peacock

Thursday, Feb 18
4:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Giant Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Giant Slalom - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
7:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Giant Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
4:30 p.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Giant Slalom - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 19
4:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Men's Giant Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
6:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Men's Giant Slalom - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
7:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Men's Giant Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 20
4:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
7:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
5:00 p.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Slalom - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Sunday, Feb. 21
4:00 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Men' Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
6:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Men's Slalom - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
7:30 a.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Men's Slalom - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN
12:00 p.m. FIS World Alpine Championships Women's Slalom - same-day broadcast, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Broadcast NBC