Ted Ligety survives first run, wins second for 10th in GS at Val d’Isere

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 13, 2009 2:30 pm

Ted Ligety barely survived his first run on Sunday and dominated the second.  On a course that seemenly every other racer received a DNF (did not finish), Ligety nearly skied out on his first run.  It was a huge mistake, but still Ligety remained in the second run fold (top 30).

“I did pretty poorly first run. I probably made two and a half seconds of mistakes, but second run was better,” Ligety said. “It’s hard to really go hard down the face when it’s dark. I did ok and the top was good, but it’s still not a perfect day.”

Bode Miller did not race on Sunday after spraining his ankle in “dryland” training.  Miller was playing volleyball when he rolled his ankle.  The injury is understood to be a tweak and Miller did not want to risk aggravating it.  He should be fine for Alta Badia next week.

So while Bode Miller continues to round into shape, he placed fifth in the super combined on Friday, Ligety is showing Winter Olympic podium skills right now.  “Ted is skiing great. Awesome skiing, balanced skiing, dynamic skiing – that’s why he’s going really fast and that’s why he’s making mistakes right now,” Head Coach Sasha Rearick said. “He skied very solid in the second run and I’m very pleased with that performance. And, he fought hard. It’s a worker from top to bottom.”

Jake Zamansky finished in the points in 27th, and teammate Tim Jitloff was right behind him in 28th.

Austria and Italy once again dominated the final standings, with the two skiing powerhouses dividing up the top four spots.  Marcel Hirscher, all of 20-years-old, won his first World Cup race, beating his idol Benjamin Raich.

1. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 2:16.28
2. Massimillano Blardone, Italy, 2:17.05
3. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:17.60
4. Manfred Moelgg, Italy, 2:17.68
5. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 2:17.81

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