Riesch wins World Cup super-combi, Paerson takes discipline title
Germany's Maria Riesch won a women's World Cup super-combined race Friday in Italy, while Anja Paerson of Sweden claimed the discipline title after finishing fifth.
Riesch was second following the downhill leg at Tarvisio and went on to win the race in a combined time of two minutes 18.57 seconds.
"After winning gold all the pressure is away. I'm just enjoying everything now," said Riesch, who won gold in the slalom at last week's world championships.
"The downhill was really good. I had some problems in downhill earlier this season, so it's good to be back in shape."
Defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States was second in 2:19.06, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third in 2:20.06.
Emily Brydon of Fernie, B.C., was the top Canadian, finishing 20th in 2:22.76. Emilie Desforges of Dorval, Que., was 47th in 2:26.72.
Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener, Ont., finished 25th in the downhill and elected not to run the slalom. Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., didn't finish the downhill.
Brydon, a speed specialist, clocked the 10th-fastest downhill run but fell to 19th overall following a mistake in a less aggressive slalom run.
"Realistically, in order for me to be on the podium in the super combined, I would have to train and race a lot more slalom," admitted Brydon, whose lone World Cup podium in the combined was a third-place finish in Italy four years ago.
"Today's super combined was primarily an opportunity for me to make a few more valuable World Cup points and to race the downhill course yet another time prior to the ultimate downhill event tomorrow."
Paerson won the super-combi title with 205 points. Vonn finished second with 180 points, and Zettel was third with 162.
"It's important to win a crystal globe, but for sure I would have wanted to win (the race) today for the overall," said Paerson, who didn't win a medal at the recent world championships. "Hopefully tomorrow I won't make any mistakes. If I ski like I know I can, I can (win)."
A downhill race is scheduled for Saturday in Tarvisio, followed by a super-G Sunday. The super-G can be seen live on bold and CBCSports.ca (5:25 a.m. ET) and later on CBC Television (3 p.m. ET).
With files from Associated Press