Ted Ligety Narrowly Misses Giant Slalom Win in Beaver Creek

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 5, 2011 10:31 am

First run leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) couldn’t quite hold on, finishing second in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek. With a .21 second lead over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, Ligety went back and forth in and out of the lead on his second run before falling .16 to the Austrian. Ligety, who held onto his Audi FIS World Cup lead, was the defending champion at Beaver Creek. 

Below: Ted Ligety low on his turn during the Giant Slalom at the 2011 Audi Birds of Prey Alpine World Cup. Photo: Eric Schramm


“Second place is obviously good, but I wanted to win more than anything,” Ligety expressed. “I feel like I had room to improve after my first run; I had more speed. I’ve got my family and friends here from Park City so it’s even more motivation to put up some good results.” Ligety posted a .21 first run lead but couldn’t match Austrian Marcel Hirscher on the second run. 

Since 2006, he has never finished lower than fourth in the Beaver Creek GS. He stood on the podium for at the Fourth World Cup in Beaver Creek. He currently retains the Audi FIS World Cup GS lead. However, he remains a perfectionist in regards to his skiing, always intending to improve with each turn: ”It’s easy to make mistakes on this hill. There were certain parts where I skied well and others where I was all over the place. I knew exactly where I lost it. I had a little bobble on the bottom that lost me some time. I was a little soft in my turn instead of being completely confident,” stated Ligety. 

Tommy Ford was the only other American finisher in 22nd. “I didn’t change too much from my first run to my second,” Ford remarked. “I’m just working on keeping my speed up, having a clean run each time, and racking up some World Cup points.

Audi FIS World Cup overalls currently place Bode Miller in 4th and Ted Ligety in 5th.

Ligety remains confident going into the days ahead: “This is a great hill to have a GS race on, it flows a lot better than Val d’Isere – it’s a GS hill. This race is a good motivator for the races here next week.”

Above: Giant Slalom podium at the 2011 Audi Birds of Prey Alpine World Cup, Beaver Creek, CO. Photo: Eric Schramm

The men are back on the same hill for a rescheduled World Cup GS on Tuesday. 


For official results, see: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=66763









Above: Ted Ligety signs autographs at the Putnam Investments tent at the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek 2011.

Photo: Tom Kelly / U.S. Ski Team