The Super Combined combined event consists of one downhill (or Super-G) and one slalom run. The times are added together and the fastest total time determines the winner. The combined downhill and the combined slalom are contested independently of the regular downhill and slalom events, and the combined courses are shorter than the regular versions. Usually the entire combined event is held on a single day at the same venue.
A competitor will not be permitted to start in any FIS International Ski competition who was disqualified, (DSQ) did not start (DNS) or did not finish (DNF) in the first run. However, the Super Combined is exempt from this rule. A skier who was DSQ, DNS or DNF in the slalom run can start the speed event. If the speed event precedes the slalom run the exemption does not apply.
The Arlberg-Kandahar, also known as AK, a combined slalom and downhill event, is now referred to as the first legitimate Alpine event – the race that planted the seed for Alpine’s inclusion in the Olympic programme.
Alpine skiing became part of the Olympic programme at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games with a men’s and ladies combined event.
The first women Super Combined of the 2012/2013 season will take place at St. Moritz (Switzerland), next Friday, December 7th, while the first men’s Super-Combined will be held only next year (Wengen, Switzerland, January 13th).