Ted Ligety won his second gold medal of the world alpine ski championships Monday in Schladming, Austria, and he hasn't even competed in his best event yet.
Three days after winning the super-G, Ligety crushed the field Monday in the super combined. He will be a heavy favorite in Friday's giant slalom, having won four of the five GS races on the World Cup this season. He is a three-time World Cup GS champion.
Ligety had one of the best performances of his career in Monday's combined downhill, finishing sixth, then had the second-fastest time in a combined slalom that exacted a heavy toll on many of the top finishers from the downhill leg of the race. Askel Lund Svindal of Norway, Adrien Theaux of France and Christof Innerhofer of Italy finished ahead of Ligety in the downhill but all failed to finish the slalom.
Ligety won a gold medal in combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics when he was only 21 but was shut out at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He is a two-time world championships medalist in GS, taking gold in 2011 and bronze in 2009.
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia took the silver medal Monday, 0.5 seconds behind Ligety, and Romed Baumann of Austria claimed the bronze, 1.89 behind.