Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – Saturday, March 5, 2011
Ted Ligety, reigning giant slalom World Champion, extended his giant slalom lead over Aksel Lund Svindal to 77 points with a third place finish today. It was his 25th career World Cup podium. The giant slalom podium was his fifth consecutive in Kranjska Gora after winning here the last three years in a row. “I was saying earlier in this week that I feel like should have more than a 27 point cushion on Aksel coming into this race and it’s definitely nice to have a bigger cushion going into World Cup Finals.”
photo: Eric Schramm
“Kranjska Gora is really technical the whole way. It’s really steep out of the start and really steep at the bottom and the middle rolls pretty much the whole way – it never gives you a break.”
“They did a really good job getting the surface to be good underneath, but it was pretty slick and with the warming conditions it kind of made a different layer on top with grippy ice in some sections. It was giving some guys a lot of problems and both course sets were really challenging so just to finish was a good thing.”
Swiss Carlo Janka claimed the win one week after receiving minor surgery on his heart with two-time giant slalom World Junior champion Alexis Pinturault of France in third. One giant slalom race remains on the 2011 World Cup schedule.
Bode Miller did not compete and Tim Jitloff finished 24th for the US Ski Team.
1. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 2:27.05
2. Alexis Pinturault, France, 2:27.07
24. Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV, 2:29.97
Did not qualify first run:
Will Gregorak (Longmont, CO)
Did not finish first run:
“We still have a little race ahead of us. Aksel would just have to get second and Richard would have to win, but it’s a nice place for Ted to be.”
“He skied solid in the first run and great on the bottom, but never quite got the rhythm of the course set. In the second run he skied really well in parts and was able to stay on the podium.”
“It was inconsistent snow today, there was some softer new snow, some slush and some really slick spots. It was definitely catching people.”