Originally Posted by mnemosyne's lobotomy
Something I don't get about combined. Why just downhill and slalom?
Technically, there can be such a thing as a "combined" that's a combination of any two or more events.
There's a lot of history to the combined DH-SL, going back to the 1920s, when - of course - there wasn't anything but
DH and SL.
Historically, it was usually done by adding times (or points, in some form or another) from free-standing races. That's how it still is at Kitzbuhel, for example. For a while, when the FIS had World Championships in even years and the Olympics were
the FIS Championships, there was an FIS combined champion, based on the Olympic DH and SL results, even though there was no Olympic combined.
Whether separate, or tied to free-standing DH and SL races, it's also usually spread over two days. That's how it was at recent Olympics, since it returned as a separate Olympic medal event. On the World Cup, they've recently invented the "Super Combined" (only one slalom run), to cram it into one day. So far as I know, the three-runs-in-one-day format at the Olympics is quite unusual.