Ted Ligety wins record third giant slalom world cup title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 18, 2011 7:33 am

World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety from Park City, Utah, became the first American to win three Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom titles as wet snow canceled Friday’s final. His dominating winter included winning the first three races of the season at Beaver Creek, CO, Val d’Isere, France and Alta Badia, Italy. He then went on to capture the giant slalom World Championship title in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and podium in what turned out to be the season’s last giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Ligety will close the 2011 season on Saturday with slalom along with teammate Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT).

“I didn’t ski all that well last season and still was able to win the title. This year I definitely did it in the fashion that I’m more proud of. Winning the World Championships was pretty huge. It was a good feeling being able to win under that kind of pressure.”


AP Photo-Ted gives a shout out to Japan

“You always want to have more races then less races and it’s kind of a weird season losing two full GS races. But I’m pretty happy about it, anytime you get a title it’s a good year – definitely something I’m psyched about.”

“It’s just bad luck, but it’s definitely good that they canceled it when it’s going to be bad weather conditions. You’d hate to win or lose a title based on flukey race conditions.”

“All three of those [winning GS races] were all special in their own unique way. I think Alta Badia was maybe the coolest. It was a GS hill I always wanted to win on and it’s one of the most classics. Then Beaver Creek – winning in front of the home crowd is always a big deal, then obviously winning World Champs was awesome as well.”

“I still want to get a decent slalom result in, so the season is not completely done.”

Final World Cup Giant Slalom Standings

1. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT – 383
2. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway – 306
3. Cyprien Richard, France – 303

Current World Cup Overall Standings

1. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 1,356
2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 956
3. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 793

Complete standings

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