American Ted Ligety wins World Cup GS in Slovenia

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 29, 2010 9:47 am

In a strong pre-Olympic showing Park City skier Ted Ligety won the giant slalom at the Audi FIS World Cup in Kranjska Gora. Clearly, Ligety loves the hill and it loves him back, as Friday’s win was his third at the Slovenian resort.

The entire race seemed easy for Ligety. He was second after the first run behind Aksel Lund Svindal, yet the Norwegian had some trouble during his second go and finished fourth. Ligety, however, had a lightening-fast second run and squeezed past Austrian Marcel Hirscher by 0.34 seconds to hold the win. Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud claimed the bronze.

“First run, I skied really well at the top,” Ligety told USSA. “I was pretty psyched I was in second place, one hundredth back. I knew I had to go hard to beat Hirscher, and Aksel is such a great competitor so I knew I had to go hard. It’s nice to have this race right before the Olympics. It kind of gives me a little extra confidence boost.”

Today’s win marked Ligety’s third podium finish this season. He is also currently leading the World Cup GS standings over Austrian Benjamin Raich and Italian Max Blardone (both are tied for second).

Fellow U.S. Ski Team athlete Tommy Ford also scored some World Cup points with his 21st-place finish. “It showed that he’s fast and strong,” said Men’s Slalom Head Coach Rudi Soulard of Ford’s solid skiing. American Tim Jitloff also qualified for the second run, finishing 27th. Jitloff actually made a mistake, and likely would have placed higher. Top gun Bode Miller sat out the race Stateside, to rest his ankle before the Olympics.