Best of the rest: Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway), Alexis Pinturault (France), Marcel Hirscher (Austria).
U.S. chances to medal: Pretty good, given Ligety won combined gold in 2006 at Turin and Miller won four years ago in Vancouver. Ligety probably has the advantage because he's more likely than Miller to survive two slalom runs.
Little-known fact: The combined, a shortened downhill and two slalom runs, is now on the same day. In 1994, won by Norway's Lasse Kjus, the slalom was raced 11 days after the downhill.