Croatian Ivica Kostelic finished 18th on the day, but earned the slalom title as his closest challenger Jean-Baptiste Grange of France went out in the first run. Prior to World Cup Finals, Kostelic has also clinched the overall and super combined titles. The Nations Team Event is scheduled to end the season Sunday, however the U.S. Ski Team will not compete.
Slalom winner was Guiliano Razzoli . Razzoli’s two-run time of 1 minute, 25.72 seconds sealed his first victory since his gold medal performance in slalom at the Vancouver Olympics 13 months ago. Razzoli finished 0.03 seconds ahead of first-run leader Mario Matt of Austria, who was seeking his third straight win. Felix Neureuther of Germany was third.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) closed the 2011 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season with 12th in a severely foggy slalom, with Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) 15th. The result landed Ligety ninth in the overall standings for his fourth consecutive year in the top 10. Kasper earned a spot at World Cup Finals with a slalom podium just two weeks ago and closed the season as the top American in the slalom standings with 17th.
“The fog today was insane, luckily in slalom you only need to see a few meters in front of you. The snow was fine and it was good to get out and close the year with two more World Cup run,” said Kasper.
“It was a solid season. The podium in Kranjska Gora was awesome and closing it out here with a few points is good. Plus I was able to lock the Europa Cup slalom title. I’m not sure if an American has ever done that. It’s also cool to know that I can compete with any of these guys when I’m skiing well.”
“Now, it’s time to go back and start over again this summer. We’ve got a great group of athletes and a good coaching staff. It’s an exciting thing to be a part of.”
Sasha Rearick – Head Coach
“Nolan started the season ranked 64th in slalom and for him to end the season 17th was tremendous. He fought hard all the way through the winter and did everything he could to find speed.”
“The first few races of the year, he really struggled and then went to the Europa Cup and found his confidence and then brought that back to the World Cup to close the season with a podium and points in his last five races.”
“Ted switched equipment before this season and the effort that he and Head put in to dial everything in was a work of passion and professionalism. He’s shown that he is the best GS skier in the world and has that speed in every type of condition.”
“We still have a lot of work to do. Ted has the ability to be fast in speed disciplines and we’re going to put a huge focus on his slalom next season. Luckily he’s an extremely motivated guy and works with a staff that can drive his motivation and passion.”
Final World Cup Slalom Standings
1. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 478
2. Jean-Baptiste Grange, France, 442
3. Andre Myhrer, Sweden, 423
Current World Cup Overall Standings
1. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 1356
2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 956
3. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 793