Ted Ligety improved from 27th after the downhill run to finish fifth in a World Cup super combined in Wengen, Switzerland, on Friday.
Swiss Carlo Janka won the event, the first World Cup victory in four years for the former World Cup overall champion. Janka prevailed by 1.31 seconds over France’s Victor Muffat-Jeandet, who made his first World Cup podium. Croatian Ivica Kostelic was third, 1.38 behind.
Ligety was 1.64 back of Janka after finishing 12th in the Olympic super combined and winning the World Championship in 2013. He’ll be one of the medal favorites at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., in February, along with trying to defend his titles in the giant slalom and super-G.
The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a Wengen slalom Saturday.