Park City’s Ted Ligety Wins Giant Slalom Bronze at World Championships

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 13, 2009 10:20 am

It was another DNF for Bode Miller, but Park City’s Ted Ligety saved face for the American men with a blazing second run to win bronze at the World Championships giant slalom Friday in Val d’Isere, France.  Switzerland’s 22-year-old Carlo Janka won gold with Bejanmin Raich of Austria rounding out the podium.

For Ligety it was a monster second run that vaulted him from ninth place and onto the podium.  "I was pretty upset after the first run. I knew I had to step it up and I skied with a fair amount of risk," Ligety said.  "I skied pretty poorly to be in that position, so I knew it was possible," Ligety said. "Second run I just pushed through that bad feeling. It was great. It worked out. I knew I had to give it everything on the second run."

For Janka, the victory was an emotional one.  His best friend on the Swiss team, Daniel Albrecht, emerged Thursday from a three-week induced coma after a horrific crash at the Hahnenkamm Downhill.   "In the race, I didn’t really have the impression I was going fast, I was only hoping not to lose too much time on Ted Ligety," Janka said. "Once in the finish area, I realized I had done a very good time and was therefore reassured. I really feel good on this slope, especially after having won here, last December, but the racing conditions were quite different today notably because of the aggressiveness of the snow due to the cold temperatures."

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