United States' Ryan Cochran Siegle speeds down the course during the downhill portion of the men's combined, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Monday, Feb.11, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

The Latest: Cochran-Siegle keeps up family tradition

February 11, 2019 - 6:25 am

ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest from the skiing world championships (all times local):

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1:20 p.m.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle kept up a family tradition by getting in contention for a medal at the skiing world championships after placing second after the downhill portion of the Alpine combined.

The 26-year-old American was 0.03 seconds behind Dominik Paris, who already won the super-G at the championships. Aleksandar Aamodt Kilde was 0.38 behind Paris in third place, ahead of the slalom leg of the event.

Cochran-Siegle is from the "Skiing Cochrans" family. His mother, Barbara Ann, won the slalom at the 1972 Olympics and her siblings — Bob, Marilyn and Lindy — also represented the United States in World Cup, world championship and Olympic events.

Several of Ryan Cochran-Siegle's cousins also have skied at national-team level. The family's involvement in skiing stemmed from the decision of his grandparents to build a ski area — of about 300 vertical feet — at their property in Richmond, Vermont, in the 1960s.

Of the slalom specialists, Marco Schwarz is best placed at 1.25 seconds off the lead. Defending champion Luca Aerni is 0.02 ahead of Schwarz and favorite Alexis Pinturault was 1.52 behind Paris.

Results were not official yet as lower-ranked skiers were still coming down the course.

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11:35 a.m.

The Alpine combined race at the skiing world championships has been delayed by an hour because of strong winds.

The downhill leg of the two-discipline event will now start at 12 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) and the course has been shortened.

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11:25 a.m.

The post-Lindsey Vonn era begins with the men's Alpine combined at the skiing world championships.

Vonn was scheduled to leave Sweden on Monday to begin a new chapter in her life — a day after winning a bronze medal in the downhill in the final race of her career.

Her absence leaves a void in the sport that could be filled by American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who was expected to return to the central Swedish resort Monday ahead of the giant slalom and slalom events at the end of the week. She skipped town in recent days, recuperating and training across the border in Norway after winning the super-G on Tuesday.

There's also a hole in men's skiing following the retirement of Aksel Lund Svindal, the Norwegian who won a silver medal Saturday in downhill in his last race.

The men's schedule continues with Luca Aerni bidding to successfully defend the combined title he won in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 2017.

Alexis Pinturault of France is the favorite.

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