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Ivica Kostelic wins super-combined

WENGEN, Switzerland -- Ivica Kostelic used a surging slalom run to win a World Cup super-combined race Friday, edging Swiss skier Beat Feuz and Bode Miller.

The Croatian slalom specialist trailed first-run leader Feuz by almost three seconds in downhill, but beat him by 0.20 seconds. Kostelic had a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 42.16 seconds.

Miller trailed Kostelic by 0.45 after being second-fastest in the downhill.

The 34-year-old Miller, who won the event in 2010, hugged his fellow veteran after the result was announced.

Kostelic's 21st career World Cup win closed the gap on Marcel Hirscher of Austria in the overall standings. Hirscher did not enter Friday's race, and will compete Sunday in the slalom.

With the 100 World Cup points for victory, Kostelic -- the defending overall champion -- trails Hirscher by 130.

Kostelic also made a winning start to the defense of his season-long title in super-combined. He's a favorite to win the classic combined event next weekend in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Ted Ligety of the United States climbed to third overall, 232 points behind Hirscher, after placing sixth Friday.

"It would have been easy to be seven-tenths faster in slalom," Ligety said. "I skied well at the top, but was too conservative down the pitch."

Feuz rose to fifth in the overall points race, and Miller retained his sixth spot.

Miller's performance on the shortened downhill course suggests he will be difficult to beat in the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday.

In the downhill portion of the super-combined, Ryan Semple of Canada crashed out but wasn't injured. He fell on a section known as the Minschkante, where Olympic downhill champion Didier Defago of Switzerland went out in the training run Thursday.