Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch successfully defended her Olympic title Monday in the Alpine super combined on the Rosa Khutor course in Sochi.
The 29-year-old Hoefl-Riesch finished with a combined time in the downhill and slalom runs of 2:34.62, edging out Austria's Nicole Hosp and American Julia Mancuso, who won the silver and bronze, respectively.
Hoefl-Riesch won the gold four years ago in Vancouver, where Mancuso took the silver in an event designed to test the full range of skiing skills.
The German was fifth in the downhill portion of the event and third in the slalom, giving her a good enough time to win the super combined.
Hoefl-Riesch has now won three Olympic medals, all of them gold.
The German won the super combined and the slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the 2013 world title in the super combined and the 2009 world championship in the slalom.
Hoefl-Riesch is the current leader in the World Cup, which she won in the 2010-2011 season. EFE