Ted Ligety matches career best in Bansko super combined

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 26, 2011 7:56 am

American Ted Ligety matched his career best 4th place finish in the super combined in Bansko, Bulgaria today.  Due to fog, the slalom was run before the super G which doesn’t happen very often.  Italian super G world champion, Christof Innerhofer, won as first run leader Jean-Baptiste Grange of France did not finish the second run opening the door for Felix Neureuther of Germany to finish second while Thomas Mermillod Blondin of France took third.

US Ski Team member Tim Jitloff had his best super combined result finishing eighth and colby Granstrom just missed out on points finishing 31st.  Bode Miller is taking a break and did not compete in the event.  The Men’s slalom will be on Sunday with Ligety, Jitloff, Granstrom, Nolan Kasper, Will Brandenburg and David Chodounsky competing.

photo: Eric Schramm                   

1. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 2:23.87
2. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 2:23.88
3. Thomas Mermillod Blondin, France, 2:24.20
4. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 2:24.37
8. Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV, 2:24.78
31. Colby Granstrom, Lake Stevens, WA, 2:29.39
Did not start super G
Will Brandenburg, Spokane, WA
Did not finish slalom
Nolan Kasper, Warren, VT

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=28175

Ted Ligety

“I didn’t feel like I had the greatest slalom in the world, but my super G run was pretty good. It was a pretty GS friendly super G hill, so that worked out well for me.”

“It was nice to take a little bit of a break after Worlds for a few days. Coming over here is kind of a trek, this place is a little bit different than we normally go, so it’s definitely interesting to check out a new place.”

Head Coach Sasha Rearick
“Jitloff did a hell of a job in the first run of slalom, skied clean and moved with the terrain well. It was a rough course. It held up but was rough with changing snow conditions.”

“Colby Granstrom skied extremely well for such a young athlete, especially from the midsection of the course to the bottom. I’m stoked to see him come out and execute that level of skiing in a World Cup.”

“The course was very turny. Combined coach Mike Kenney set and the goal was to make it a little bit more turny to separate the times of the downhill guys skiing in a different format.”