Ted Ligety DQs on second run, Austria’s Reinfried Herbst takes Slovenian World Cup slalom

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 31, 2010 10:24 am

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (Jan. 31) – In a good position to peak at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was on his way to a top five Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom finish Sunday, before later jury review showed a straddled gate, disqualifying the World Cup giant slalom leader from the race.

“It was a nice little confidence builder, I’m pretty happy with it,” Ligety said of his second run, the third fastest before the DQ. “I’ve been skiing well in slalom. I’ve been fast. My current results just haven’t shown it.”

Nearing the finish of his second run, Ligety fell behind on a small flush and a bump sent him into a gate, nixing what would have been his best slalom finish since Schladming, Austria, in 2008.

Ligety sat 10th after the first run despite sliding wide about 10 gates from the finish and losing much of his speed.

“His form in slalom is good,” said men’s Technical Head Coach Rudi Soulard. “He has been fast in a couple of races. He made a big mistake today on the first run and a little one on the second. Hopefully the next slalom is a good one.”

The current giant slalom standings leader said he is glad to take a break from the demanding World Cup circuit, where he pulls double duty with the technical and speed teams.

“It’s nice to be able to come back,” Ligety said ahead of training at the pre-Olympic camp in Park City. “It’s always nice to be able to train on my home mountain.”

To sweeten the deal even further, Vancouver is less than a three-hour flight away from his hometown – and a whole lot further for many of his competitors.

“It’s a home Olympics, really,” he said. “It’s nice to take the Euros out of their element.”

Fans can watch Sunday’s race, the final before the Olympics, at UniversalSports.com.

The Audi documentary, “Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team’s Road to Vancouver” which featured Ligety and aired on NBC Saturday night is now available for download on iTunes.


Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – Jan. 31, 2010
Men’s Slalom

1. Reinfried Herbst, Austria, 1:45.35
2. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 1:45.75
3. Julien Lizeroux, France, 1:45.88
4. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 1:46.04
5. Silvan Zurbriggen, Switzerland, 1:46.17
DQ 2 – Ted Ligety, Park City, UT
DNF 1 – Nolan Kasper, Warren, VT; Will Brandenburg, Spokane, WA; Jimmy Cochran, Keene, NH

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