Ted Ligety's super-combined gold here Monday was his third world title, but each one has been in a different discipline and that's how the American all-rounder likes it.
The 28-year-old last week won the men's super-G event to add to his 2011 giant slalom title, before he raced ahead of favourite Ivica Kostelic on Monday to snatch the super-combined title as well.
His only win so far in this discipline had been at the Olympics in Turin in 2006.
"I never wanted to be a specialist," said the American, although all his 15 World Cup victories and all but seven of his 34 podium finishes have been in the giant slalom, a discipline in which he's won three crystal globes.
"I always tried so hard to a be multi-event skier. I found a good rhythm in the GS (giant slalom) and became a GS skier but not out of myself wanting to be a GS skier as much as they just picked me," he said.
"I've been trying to get better in speed events so to have three world championships in three different events is pretty surreal, it's a cool feeling."
With such versatility, it was only natural Ligety should succeed in the super-combined, which is decided on the aggregate times from one downhill and one slalom run, requiring both technical skill and speed.
"On paper, I should be one of the top combined guys and I struggled a lot in the last couple of years," the leader in the giant slalom World Cup rankings admitted.
"So to finally win, and in a world championship, is awesome."
Sixth after the downhill, he overcame a 0.72sec deficit to produce a stunning second-fastest slalom run for an aggregate time of 2min 56.96sec.
"The downhill performance for me is what I'm really proud of," he said.
"I've been fast at times this year in downhill but to have that kind of run especially today when it really matters was great. It's a really good feeling," said the US skier, who is now looking forward to the giant slalom race on Friday.
Silver medallist Kostelic admitted he was bested by his US rival.
"It's a completely deserved gold medal. They were both very solid runs, in the downhill and slalom, and I think even if I had had a good slalom run it would be tough to compete with Ted today," said the Croatian veteran.
Austrian Romed Baumann, whose surprise third place was greeted with deafening noise in the packed Schladming arena, acknowledged he had been under pressure from an expectant host nation.
"We had two events with no medal and in Austria, that's a disaster. Everybody was expecting a medal today, maybe not from me, but from Benni (Raich). And i knew if I could do a good downhill, a perfect downhill, I had a chance in the slalom," he said.
"I heard the stadium speaker and he was screaming 'you're in second position' and the crowd was screaming... it was really close but luck was on my side and I'm very happy about it."