Ted Ligety Second in GS at World Cup Finals

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 13, 2009 12:00 pm


Ligety, Raich and Cuche–in wig–on the World Cup Finals GS podium

If you’re going to finish up a stellar season, you may as well finish strong. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) did just that and took second to Austrian Benjamin Raich in the giant slalom at the Audi FIS World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden. “I’m definitely happy with today’s results. It’s always good when you end up in the top three in a discipline, and are able to fight for a title—that’s all you can ask for," Ligety said.

The fight for the men’s GS globe was heated, with tight margins between the top three. Didier Cuche of Switzerland took the men’s title with 474 points, followed by Raich with 462 and Ligety, the defending GS title-holder and proud bearer of a new 80’s style perm, 421. (The jury’s out on whether or not the goofy ‘do helped Ligety’s performance, but even so, his spirits were up.) "It’s amazing how deep the field is,” said Ligety. "It’s cool to be among that crew of guys that was able to get on the podium and win."

Winning the GS globe would have required Ligety to finish first or second at the Finals, with Cuche and Raich finishing outside the top 15. Ligety did grab the silver medal, but his competitors skied well, too. In the end, Ligety capped the season ranked third in the GS. "I’d say my season was good and bad in a lot of different ways," Ligety mused. "GS-wise, I was really happy with my skiing; the results didn’t always come and I was a little unlucky here and there, but otherwise I was skiing well, so I’m happy with that."


Are, Sweden

March 13, 2009
Giant Slalom

1. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:18.95

2. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 2:19.08

3. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 2:19.66

4. Jean-Baptiste Grange, France, 2:19.98

5. Philipp Schoerghofer, Austria, 2:20.09

photos: USSA/Doug Haney