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Swiss skier Viletta win's gold in men's super combined

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Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb 14 (EFE).- Swiss skier Sandro Viletta won the men's super combined event Friday at the Sochi Olympics, earning his country's fifth gold medal overall.

The 28-year-old completed the two events - downhill and slalom - in a winning time of 2:45.20, beating out Croatia's Ivica Kostelic, the gold-medal favorite, by .34.

The result was a major disappointment for the 34-year-old Kostelic, who also won the silver in Vancouver in 2010 and in Turin in 2006.

Italy's Christof Innerhofer picked up the bronze with a total time of 2:45.67. He had earlier won silver in the downhill event.

Viletta stood in just 14th place after the downhill portion of the super combined, but a stellar run in the slalom, in which he posted the second-best time overall, gave him the gold.

"I didn't expect to win," the Swiss said afterward of his victory in the only event he entered in Sochi. "I knew that I could ski fast. I like the snow and this was my chance."

Kostelic, meanwhile, lamented another missed chance at gold.

"I'm a 'Silver Surfer,'" the Croat said. "Actually, it's funny, because way before this time, my gaming nickname was 'Silver Surfer,' so probably I made my own destiny. ... People on the podium have changed, and I stayed there."

Another Swiss, Dario Cologna, won gold Friday in the 15 K classical cross-country race with a time of 38:29.7, handily defeating a pair of Swedes, Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson, who took the silver and bronze, respectively.

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