Norway’s Svindal qualifies first in men’s super combined downhill

Cloudy skies over Whistler made it difficult for skiers to see at a distance on Sunday during the downhill portion of the men’s super combined.  

Askel Lund Svindal of Norway placed first with one of his fastest career times, 1:52.15. Svindal will compete later Sunday in the giant slalom where he will be going for his third medal of these games.

Italy’s Dominik Paris was a surprise second place finish. He was ranked 79th overall coming into these Winter Games, but had a great run with a time of 1:52.54.

Carlo Janka from Switzerland placed third with a time of 1:52.65 while teammate Didier Defago placed fourth with a time of 1:52.69.

Ryan Semple of Montreal, Que., who came back from hip surgery last year, was not a medal favourite but was the top Canadian to finish in the first portion of the event placing 26th with a time of 1:55.13.

Teammate Louise Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., finished 31st with a time of 1:56.58. This was mainly an experience run for Helie as this was his first Winter Games.

It was also the first Olympic experience for Tyler Nella of Burlington, Ont., who placed behind his teammate in 32nd place with a time of 1:56.60.

Michael Janyk, native of Whistler, was the last placed Canadian finishing 42nd.

The giant slalom event will take place Sunday afternoon at 1:45 p.m.  PT/4:45 p.m. ET.