Ted Ligety continues to dominate the World Cup Giant Slaloms. He didn’t win today in Adelboden, Switzerland, but he was fastest after the first run, fell on the second and was able to pull it together and finish in 28th getting valuable points for overall contention and the GS title. He is stil in first place with 303 points for the GS standings.
Frenchman Cyprien Richard and veteran Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal finished tied. For Richard, it was his first taste of succes. “This really is a boyhood dream come true that I finish first in a World Cup race in alpine skiing.”
Ligety’s misfortune meant that he failed to take the lead in the overall standings but Svindal’s win saw him overhaul previous leader Austrian Michael Walchofer – who does not compete in the slalom or giant slalom – and a great chance of winning his third World Cup crown after wins in 2007 and 2009.
Bode Miller finished 22nd.