Ted Ligety skis the first run of the World Cup giant slalom on Sunday at Beaver Creek, photo by Paul Bussi
Does anyone make a GS turn as powerfully beautiful as Ted Ligety? Nope. Does anyone make a faster GS turn than Ted Ligety? Today at Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey giant slalom World Cup the answer was no.
Ted Shred smoked the filed on the first run, giving himself a 0.36 second cushion for the second run. Ligety was followed in the first run by a pair of Norwegian skiers, Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal. But neither could mount a charge at Ligety who wins his sixth World Cup race, all in giant slalom.
Birds of Prey is the only men’s World Cup stop in the United States, and Ligety made sure everyone went home happy. Conditions were prime, and Ligety’s G-force inspiring turns matched perfectly with the hero snow the race crew at Beaver Creek had set-up and maintained throughout the weekend. Beaver Creek is to be applauded for their race prep. None have done it better.
For Bode Miller he ended up on black when he bet red. The gambles did not pay off on the second run, after Miller had fallen behind on the first run by more than two seconds. Miller was wild, but he did finish.
Ligety the 2008 and 2010 World Cup giant slalom season title winner, expanded on his lead after the first run, beating the entire field by 0.82 seconds. Interesting that Lindsey Vonn beat the entire field at Lake Louise by 0.83 seconds. Today was a huge day for the U.S. Ski Team with dominating performances from two of their superstar racers.
The American team had four racers finish in the points. Ligety 1st, Tim Jitloff 23rd, Warner Nickerson 24th, and Bode Miller 27th.