Ted Ligety in fourth after first run of Beaver Creek World Cup GS

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 6, 2009 9:13 am

The GS opened at the Beaver Creek World Cup with progressively stronger and stronger snowfall. U.S. Ski Team star Ted Ligety ran early, which was fortuitous as course conditions and visibility worsened by the minute. Ligety was 1.08 seconds behind leader Carlo Janka, yesterday’s World Cup downhill winner who is clearly a strong all-around skier.

Ligety is currently about .3 seconds away from the podium, which he can realistically reach if he has a solid, fast second run. The course will likely be tricky, as the falling snow isn’t showing any signs of letting up. For Ligety, though, the more technical the better, as the Park City native is known for making up his time on turns especially in tough conditions. ”The course set was really straight, so hopefully in the second run there will be a few more turns in there,” Ligety said.  

Jake Zamansky is the only other American who qualified for a second run. Legendary favorite Bode Miller caught an edge and skied off course, holding his head in frustration while fellow U.S. Ski Team athlete Tim Jitloff skied a clean race but was too slow, missing the top 30 by .6 seconds. “War Horse” Andrew Weibrecht did not finish.

Check back at the Ski Channel for final results after this afternoon’s race. The stories will likely be Ligety and the Swiss National Ski Team, who is dominating the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour.

Photo: Bussi