Ted Ligety looks to earn second World Cup giant slalom title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 11, 2010 3:27 pm

On Friday, Park City, UT native Ted Ligety will look to become a champion again. He was an Olympic champion in 2006, a World Cup giant slalom champion in 2008, and now he is ready for 2010 to be another one to mark in the books.

Not winning any medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics this year fuels his fire even more. “I would be pretty happy to seal that up”, he said, referring to the World Cup giant slalom title. “It would definitely be awesome to make kind of a disappointing season more worthwhile”.

Tomorrow’s race will be a tight one though. Ligety is only ahead of the field by 43 points. So who is Ted worried about?

“More than Benni (Raich), it’s also (Massimiliano) Blardone and (Marcel) Hirscher I have to worry about – those guys are a little closer. But 43 points is a nice lead but it’s not that sweet of a lead against those top athletes.”

Ligety has a 43 point lead over Blardone, 46 over Hirscher and 53 over Raich. A top-three finish will clinch the title outright for him, regardless of where the others finish.

Stay tuned to theskichannel.com for coverage of tomorrow’s World Cup giant slalom.