Luscombe in contention in combined

Duncan alpine skier Braydon Luscombe is in second place after the first run of the super combined at the Sochi Paralympics on Tuesday.

Luscombe finished the slalom portion of the men’s standing combined in 52.17 seconds, 1.87 seconds back of leader Alexey Bugaev of Russia. The skiers were scheduled to do the super-G portion on Tuesday, but organizers decided that conditions were better for the slalom. The super-G will go on Friday at 3:20 a.m. Pacific Time.

“I came down with the leading time with only two racers that went before me, so I had almost the whole field of racers to follow after me,” Luscombe wrote on his blog. “But as the course deteriorated I found myself in a better and better position to potentially do well with the solid run I had.”

Luscombe didn’t finish his first two events at Sochi, the downhill and super-G. Because of the conditions, none of the skiers on one leg managed to finish the super-G. Luscombe also has the giant slalom to come, with the first run on Friday night at 9:55 p.m. Pacific.

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