Women’s Combined at the Winter Olympics – Live Updates and Results

Mikaela Shiffrin will ski in the women's combined at the 2022 Winter Olympics
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On Her Turf provided live updates during the women’s combined – the final individual alpine skiing event at the 2022 Winter Olympics. The two-run event (one run downhill, one run slalom) was won by Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin, who successfully defended her 2018 Olympic title in this event.

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Here’s how the race unfolded:

Women’s Combined – Live Updates from the Downhill Run:

9:30pm ET: American Isabella “Bella” Wright is the first athlete out of the gate. She crosses the line in 1:33.72… We’ll see how that holds up!

9:39pm ET: Strong downhill run from the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka. The dual skier/snowboarder skis into first. Ledecka is much stronger in downhill than slalom so she will likely need a solid lead in this portion of the competition in order to contend for a medal.

Video of Ester Ledecka’s downhill run in women’s combined:

9:45pm ET: Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin, the defending Olympic gold medalist, skis into third, 0.99 seconds behind Ledecka. The 28-year-old Swiss skier is strong in the slalom and should be able to work with that margin.

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9:47pm ET: American Keely Cashman with a solid downhill run. She skis into second, 0.66 seconds behind Ledecka.

9:49pm ET: Very good run from Mikaela Shiffrin. She skis into second, 0.55 seconds behind Ledecka. Given Shiffrin’s strength in the slalom, she is in a very strong position heading into the slalom.

Video of Mikaela Shiffrin’s downhill run in the women’s combined:

9:51pm ET: Austria’s Christine Scheyer with a speedy downhill run, posting the fastest time of the day so far (1:32.42). Scheyer is stronger in downhill than slalom so she needed that to have any hope of winning a medal in the combined.

10:00pm ET: Austra’s Ramona Siebenhofer and France’s Romane Miradoli both with good downhill runs, skiing into third and fourth, respectively. Shiffrin currently sits in fifth, 0.56 seconds off the lead.

10:25pm ET: After her downhill run, Mikaela Shiffrin tells NBC Olympics reporter Todd Lewis that she was skiing on a pair of Sofia Goggia‘s skis. Goggia, who won silver in the downhill, left a post-it note for Shiffrin, telling her: You can fly on these skis.

10:33pm ET: That’s it for the downhill portion of the combined. While you wait for the slalom (1am ET), be sure to watch the USA-Canada gold medal hockey game at 11:05pm ET (NBC, Peacock, NBCOlympics.com).

Video of Mikaela Shiffrin talking about skiing on Sofia Goggia’s skis:

Women’s Combined – Live Updates from the Slalom Run:

1:04am ET: Austria’s Christine Scheyer is first out of the gate in the slalom portion of the combined, posting a time of 55.89 to finish at 2:28.32. Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka takes over the lead with a 56.83, 2:29:25.

1:06am ET: Mikaela Shiffrin, fifth after the downhill portion of the combined, skis out again in the slalom, not finishing her third race in this Olympics.

1:09am ET: Slovenia’s Marusa Ferk Saioni is the next skier down and sits fourth at 2:30.12. Austria’s Ramona Siebenhofer sits in third after a 57.13, 2:29.69 total. American Keely Cashman has also skied out.

1:12am ET: Italy’s Federica Brignone takes over the lead. Brignone won silver in the giant slalom earlier this month in Beijing.

1:17am ET: Italy’s Nicol Delago and Switzerland’s Priska Nufer ski out. Five skiers have now skied out in the slalom.

1:20am ET: Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, who won Olympic bronze in the 2018 combined, takes over first with a 53.31 (2.26.72).

1:22am ET: Swiss teammate and defending combined gold medalist Michelle Gisin edges into the lead, 1.05 seconds ahead of Holdener.

1:24am ET: Italy’s Marta Bassino, considered the last skier to realistically contend for a medal in the combined, skis out. A gold for Gisin would make Switzerland the first country to win five individual Olympic gold medals in these Games. There will be no individual gold medal for U.S. skiers in Beijing, with Ryan Cochran-Siegel‘s silver in the men’s super-G being the lone alpine medal for the Americans.

1:35am ET: After her slalom run, Mikaela Shiffrin tells NBC Olympics reporter Todd Lewis, “Oh man, I don’t know if anyone has ever failed that hard with so many opportunities, maybe in the history of the Olympics.”

1:45am ET: Switzerland wins gold and silver with Michelle Gisin defending her 2018 title and Wendy Holdener earning her fifth career Olympic medal. The win marks Gisin’s second career gold medal and her second medal of these Games, after her bronze in super G. Holdener, who won three medals in 2018, won bronze in the slalom in Beijing. Federica Brignone, in her fourth Olympics, earns her third career medal to go along with GS bronze in 2018 and GS silver in 2022.

Video of Mikaela Shiffrin’s interview after skiing out in the slalom portion of the women’s combined:

How to watch the women’s combined at the 2022 Winter Olympics:

Event Date / Time (U.S. Eastern) Date / Time (Beijing, China) How to Watch
Women’s Combined (Downhill Race) 2/16/22 9:30 PM 2/17/22 10:30 AM NBC | Peacock | NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Combined (Slalom Race) 2/17/22 1:00 AM 2/17/22 2:00 PM NBC | Peacock | NBCOlympics.com

What is the combined in alpine skiing?

The combined features one run of downhill (the fastest alpine skiing event) with one run of slalom (the event with the most turns). The winner is the skier with the lowest combined time.

The top 30 athletes from the downhill portion of the competition go in reverse order for the slalom portion of the race. That is a change from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, when the fastest downhill skiers skied in reverse order for the slalom (from 30-1).

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Women’s Combined – Beijing Olympic Course Stats:

Downhill Race:

  • Course Name: Rock
  • Vertical Drop: 765m
  • Course Length: 2704m

2018 Olympic podium in the women’s combined: 

  • Gold: Michelle Gisin (SUI)
  • Silver: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
  • Bronze: Wendy Holdener (SUI)

Women’s Combined – Start List:

1 – USA – Isabella WRIGHT
2 – AUS – Greta SMALL
3 – AUT – Katharina HUBER
4 – SRB – Nevena IGNJATOVIC
5 – CZE – Ester LEDECKA
6 – ITA – Nicol DELAGO
7 – SUI – Michelle GISIN
8 – USA – Keely CASHMAN
9 – USA – Mikaela SHIFFRIN
10 – AUT – Christine SCHEYER
11 – AUT – Ramona SIEBENHOFER
12 – FRA – Romane MIRADOLI
13 – ITA – Elena CURTONI
14 – CAN – Roni REMME
15 – ITA – Marta BASSINO
16 – ITA – Federica BRIGNONE
17 – FRA – Laura GAUCHE
18 – SUI – Priska NUFER
19 – SLO – Marusa FERK
20 – SUI – Wendy HOLDENER
21 – BIH – Elvedina MUZAFERIJA
22 – ROC – Julia PLESHKOVA
23 – AND – Cande MORENO
24 – CHN – Fanying KONG
25 – USA – Tricia MANGAN
26 – CZE – Tereza NOVA

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Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

Justine Wong-Orantes hits the ball in the women's semi-final volleyball match between USA and Serbia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”

2022 Ascendant LPGA: How to watch, who’s playing in Texas’s annual signature event

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand hits her second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
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The LPGA make its annual stop in The Colony, Texas, this week for the 10th edition of the Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, where Thailand’s 19-year-old rookie Atthaya Thitikul comes in hot off her second career win and second playoff victory this season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Leading the 132-player field at Old American Golf Club, located at Golf Clubs at The Tribute, are Texas residents and past champions Cheyenne Knight and Angela Stanford. They’ll compete for the $1.7 million prize purse alongside major champions Nelly KordaLydia Ko and Brooke Henderson. Last year’s Ascendant LPGA champion, world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, will not be defending her title after announcing earlier this month she would be missing several weeks due to a nagging wrist injury.

This past weekend in Arkansas, Thitikul took the lead with a 10-under 61 in the second round and shot 68 in the final round to finish regulation tied with Danielle Kang at 17-under 196. Thitikul, who won the JTBC Classic in March in a two-hole playoff vs. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, drained an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to secure the win over Kang.


How to watch the 2022 Ascendant LPGA 

Coverage of the 2022 Ascendant LPGA from Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, can be found on Golf Channel, with streaming options available any time on any mobile device and online through NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Friday, Sept. 30: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Who’s playing in the 2022 Ascendant LPGA

Six of the top 10 players in the Rolex World Rankings are among the field in Texas, including:

  • No. 2 Nelly Korda
  • No. 4 Lydia Ko
  • No. 5 Atthaya Thitikul
  • No. 6 Brooke Henderson
  • No. 7 Lexi Thompson
  • No. 10 Nasa Hataoka

A number of local Texans also are in the tournament, headlined by past champions, Angela Stanford (2020) and Cheyenne Knight (2019), and two junior champions of the Volunteers of America Classic Girls Championship, who are playing on a sponsor exemption: Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang (2022), a freshman at SMU, and Avery Zweig (2021), a high school sophomore from McKinney, Texas.


Past five champions of The Ascendant LPGA

YEAR WINNER SCORE MARGIN RUNNERUP
2021 Jin Young Ko (South Korea) 16-under 268 1 stroke Matilda Castren
2020 Angela Stanford (USA) 7-under 277 2 strokes So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, Yealimi Noh
2019 Cheyenne Knight (USA) 18-under 266 2 strokes Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green
2018 Sung Hyun Park (South Korea) 11-under 131 1 stroke Lindy Duncan
2017 Haru Nomura (Japan) 3-under 281 Playoff Christie Kerr

Last time at The Ascendant LPGA

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko carded a final-round 69 to maintain her 54-hole lead at Old American Golf Club and held on for a one stroke win at the 2021 Volunteers of America Classic, her eighth career LPGA tour title. Ko finished regulation at 16-under 268, edging Finland’s Matilda Castren by one stroke.

It kicked off a five-win season for Ko, who had just lost her No. 1 ranking to Nelly Korda the week prior after holding the top spot for 100 straight weeks. She regained the No. 1 ranking back in October 2021, after earning her fourth win in seven starts at the BMW Ladies Championship.


More about Old American Golf Club

Opened in 2010, the Old American Golf Club is one of two clubs at The Tribute, a lakefront resort community on Lewisville Lake in The Colony, Texas. Designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA Tour winner Justin Leonard, Old American plays as a Par 71 and stretches to 6,475 yards on the tournament scorecard.