Posted: Tue January 7, 2014 1:12PM; Updated: Tue January 7, 2014 1:10PM

Rules tweak qualifies U.S.'s Ligety for super-combined at Sochi

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Ted Ligety won gold in the super-combined at the 2013 Ski World Championships in February.
Ted Ligety won gold in the super-combined at the 2013 Ski World Championships in February.
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BORMIO, Italy (AP) -- The International Ski Federation is tweaking its Olympic qualification rules to allow racers like Ted Ligety and some high-profile Austrians to compete in the super-combined at next month's Sochi Games.

FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis tells The Associated Press that instead of requiring at least three super-combi finishes over the qualification period of this season and last, it will allow three super-combis and/or downhills.

Ligety has three downhills and one super-combi - his gold-medal performance at last season's world championships - in the qualifying period.

Austrian skiers Anna Fenninger and Kathrin Zettel have also qualified under the new parameters.

However, Benjamin Raich has only two finishes in those events and needs one more before the Jan. 19 deadline.

Injured skiers will be dealt with separately.

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