Deville wins slalom, Kostelic takes combined event

Published: Sunday, Jan. 22 2012 9:07 p.m. MST

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Kostelic finished in third place. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)

Associated Press

KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Defending champion Ivica Kostelic returned to the top of the overall World Cup standings Sunday after finishing third in a men's slalom won by Italy's Cristian Deville.

While main rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria went out in the second run, Kostelic racked up a total of 160 points in his bid for the title — 60 for the slalom result and 100 for winning the combined event, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday's downhill.

"I was not thinking about the combined event, just about the slalom," said Kostelic, who now has 855 points to Hirscher's 725.

Austria's Mario Matt, the 2001 and 2007 slalom world champion who led after the opening run, finished second, 0.72 behind Deville.

Nolan Kasper was the top American finisher in the slalom, ending up 14th. Bode Miller did not start and Ted Ligety did not qualify for a second run.

Kostelic said he was determined to do well after the Austrian ski federation admitted before the race that Hirscher had straddled a gate while winning the Jan. 5 night slalom in Zagreb, Croatia.

"That struck me deeply. I was very disappointed and it motivated me highly," said Kostelic. "It's just one race, but the shame lasts forever."

Austrian coaches studying footage of Hirscher's second run in Zagreb after the race saw that one of his skis hit a gate and then passed it on the wrong side, Austria's head coach Mattias Berthold said.

The incident went unnoticed during the race, and results will not be corrected because the International Ski Federation only accepts protests within 15 minutes of a race ending.

WOMEN'S SLALOM: At Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria won a World Cup slalom on Sunday after pre-race favorites Marlies Schild and Maria Hoefl-Riesch skied out on the first run.

Kirchgasser led after the first leg and increased her advantage in the second, finishing in 1 minute, 47.25 seconds, more than sixth-tenths of a second faster than Finland's Tanja Poutiainen. Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia was third, 1.34 seconds off the pace. World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn finished seventh.

MEN'S BOBSLED: At St. Moritz, Switzerland, Maximilian Arndt of Germany completed a bobsled World Cup victory double Sunday, winning a four-man event a day after taking the two-man competition.

Arndt piloted Germany 1 to a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 10.51 seconds, with world champion Manuel Machata's Germany 2 bob trailing by 0.21 in second.

Edgars Maskalans in Latvia 1 was 0.24 behind Arndt in third.

Steven Holcomb in United States 1 tied for fourth with overall World Cup leader Alexsandr Zubkov of Russia. They trailed Arndt by 0.31.

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