2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – February 18, 2011
Ted Ligety’s amazing season continues with a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch. Two-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion and Olympic gold medalist skied a tactically flawless second run Friday to secure the victory. Sitting fourth after the first run, the 2009 bronze medalist received a detailed course report from teammate Bode Miller to produce a perfectly balanced attack that edged Cyprien Richard of France by eight hundredths of a second. Ligety is currently leading the World Cup giant slalom standings after winning the first three races of the season. Miller moved up from 27th to finish 12th with the fastest second run time.
Ted becacme only the 6th American to hold both Olympic and World Championship titles.
Garmisch is home to many US citizens in the military and they show up in droves to cheer on the Americans when the races come to town. Dressing up in costumes, (red, white and blue one’s, of course) screaming their heads off, ski BQ’s, parties and a love for America fuel their fire.
I found this tweet from Aksel Lund Svindal (@akselsvindal), “Was cool to see how many American fans was there to cheer for Ted.” I’m sure it made Ted feel even better and i’m sure it made this night more fun for the countless fans partying in his honor tonight!
Ted tweeted, ‘What can I say. What a day. Thx everybody!’ he’s an avid tweeter, you can follow him @tedligety
Gold: Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 2:10.56
Silver: Cyprien Richard, France, 2:10.64
Bronze: Philipp Schoerghoffer, Austria, 2:10.99
12. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 2:11.83
35. Warner Nickerson, Gilford, NH, 2:14.76
For a complete list of competitors and how they finished go to the fis-ski site.