The U.S. Olympic ski team, needing star power in Lindsey Vonn's absence, can certainly look to Ted Ligety.
The 29-year-old scored a World Cup victory in the super combined in Wengen, Switzerland, on Friday, beating out Alexis Pinturault of France.
Though Ligety is the reigning world champion in super combined -- and won a 2006 Olympic gold in the combined -- this result marked his first World Cup win in an event other than the giant slalom.
Another American skier, Bode Miller, finished ninth.
Earlier this week, Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had successful surgery on her injured right knee.
She will miss the 2014 Sochi Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 7-23.