Ted Ligety takes best ever second in Val d’Isere World Cup Super G

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 12, 2009 9:48 am

Park City native Ted Ligety has won a lot of World Cup medals, yet he’s primarily known for rocketing t

hrough a GS course. (And yes, he’s known for his 2006 Olympic gold medal in the Super Combined.) But today in Val d’Isere, France, the U.S. Ski Team star took second in the Super G, which was his best finish ever in the event. (His previous top performance was a seventh at Beaver Creek in 2008.)

“He’s a phenomenal technical skier, and he brought it out today in a very tough race, one of the toughest races I’ve ever seen,” said Men’s Alpine Team Head Coach Sasha Rearick.

Much like his GS run at Beaver Creek last weekend, Ligety’s run was far from mistake-free, and he slid at one point and almost fell.

“It never felt good the entire way down the course, but to be in second place now is pretty good,” Ligety said. “It was just a struggle today, nobody was gonna feel good, so I was able to use my GS skills and have a decent-enough run.”

Rocketing back into a top spot, Austria’s Michael Walchhofer won with a time of 1:20.78 seconds, besting Ligety’s 1:21.06. Italian Werner Heel took the bronze with a time of 1:21.53. (Surprisingly, Swiss phenom Carlo Janka failed to finish, though he still retained his lead in the overall rankings.)

As for the U.S. Ski Team, Bode Miller also skied well. After placing fifth in the Super Combined on Friday, Miller held strong through icy, bumpy snow to take ninth in the Super G. ”Bode skied solid,” Rearick said. “He hasn’t taken many runs on the super G skis. I think this was his fifth run on the super G skis since he’s come back.”

Unfortunately, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Jeremy Transue (Hunter, NY), Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID), Jake Zamansky (Aspen, CO), Tommy Ford (Bend, OR), and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) all did not finish. ”You just had to fight your way down, and you were lucky if you made it to the finish line,” explained Ligety.

Tomorrow Miller, Ligety and Zamansky (all top-30 performers) will have their shot at the GS. Check back at theskichannel.com for results.


photo: Doug Haney/US Ski Team