As temperatures reached 14 degrees, Viletta, 14th after the downhill run, swept down the increasingly slushy course to post the winning time of 2 minutes and 45.20 seconds. Christof Innerhoffer (ITA) continued his dream Games, adding bronze to the silver medal he won in the downhill.
Viletta, 28, continued two strong themes to have emerged after eight days of competition on the Rosa Khutor course: unfancied medallists and surprise Swiss gold medal winners. Just two days after Dominique Gisin (SUI) won a shock gold in the ladies downhill, Viletta defied the lack of a single world cup podium in the super combined to take the biggest prize of all.
Kostelic, who had a 0.70 second advantage on the Swiss skier after the downhill, lost time on the steep top section of the slalom and never recovered. Innerhoffer did win a super combined silver at the 2011 world championships, but it was lucky the Italian decided to make the start.
"At the start gate, I nearly decided not to bother because the downhill went so well for a lot of the slalom specialists. I practiced slalom only four days in two years", said Innerhoffer.