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Alpine skiing: Baumann tops training

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Austrian Romed Baumann on Sunday topped downhill training for the men's super-combined event, as a host of top contenders opted to take a day's rest.

Baumann timed 2min 03.31sec down the Planai course, 0.24sec ahead of Ted Ligety, with another American, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, in third at 0.52sec. Only 22 racers bothered with the training session.

Monday's super-combined comprises a midday downhill and a flood-lit slalom in the evening.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, Croat veteran Ivica Kostelic and up-and-coming French skier Alexis Pinturault are the big favourites for the event.

Kostelic opted out of training, however, while Pinturault did race on Sunday, finishing eighth fastest behind Austrian Benjamin Raich.

Defending world champion Svindal, who has already won downhill gold and super-G bronze here, also chose not to ski.

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