American Ted Ligety Finishes 10th at Alta Badia

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 19, 2011 2:20 pm

The second day of the Alta Badia SL wrapped up in Italy on Monday, December 19th, 2011 with Austrian Marcel Hirscher claiming the gold with a time of 1 minute, 47.16 seconds, and American Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) placing 10th.

Ligety is the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom leader. Today’s race marked Ligety’s second slalom top-10 finish of the season and lands him third in the overall standings going into a December 21st night slalom in Flachau, Austria.

Due to Hirscher’s win today, the Austrian star now leads in the overall standings and in the World Cup slalom.

Rounding out the podium was Italy’s Giuliano Razzoli in second, and Germany’s Felix Neureuther in third. American Jimmy Cochran also had a strong showing, finishing 17th in his second race back after ankle surgery.

Check out Ligety’s 10th place run here:

Ted Ligety cracks a top ten in the FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Alta Badia.

The Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom returned to the Dolomiti Superski region, and specifically, the ski resort of Alta Badia on December 18th and 19th, following a two year hiatus. As in previous years, the 66-gate race was held on the area’s Gran Risa run, which is categorized as a black diamond when open to the public.

The course was steep directly out of the gate, then rolled left and out of the forest onto a flat section before diving back over a couple of blind rolls to the finish. Adding to the course’s difficulty was the fact that the the warm-up hill is over the backside of the mountain and features totally different snow conditions than the actual race hill, which didn’t see sun for the entire first run and even some of the second. Between the tough sets of rollers and the area’s notoriously wet and heavy snow, claiming a spot on the podium was nothing short of a challenge.

Americans Bode Miller and Will Brandenburg both struggled with the steep start and failed to finish their first run. Miller, who was No. 32, tried to cut inside the first 2-3 gates, but wheeled out because of deep gashes in the snow.

Other member of the U.S. Men’s team struggled as well: “It was a tough day with the snow, the course, the light — it was just not my day.” American Nolan Kasper commented. He optimistically added, however, that there’s “a lot to look forward to, some of my favorite hills – Kitzbuehel, Schladming and Kransjka. We’ve got a lot of great races coming up the next month or so.”

Kasper and U.S. teammate Will Gregorak did not qualify for a second run.

When asked to comment on his overall performance, Ligety said that while the first run was not his best, he was generally happy with his skiing: “First run wasn’t super smooth, but I skied down without any major mistakes, so I’m happy with that,” Ligety said, “I need to figure out why Hirscher is beating everybody by six-tenths on the bottom, but so far the skiing in slalom is getting better and better.”

Set above the town of La Villa, Dolomiti Superski consists of 12 interconnected ski resorts. With one ski pass, guests can enjoy more than 290,000 acres of skiable terrain as well as state-of-the-art facilities and easy access to countless shops and restaurants. Those fortunate enough to be visiting during the race dates can hop on the Piz La Ila gondola from La Villa and catch an aerial view of the entire race slope.

Next up in the region, Cortina d´Ampezzo will host two races of the Women’s World Cup – the Downhill and the SuperG – on January 14th and 15th, 2012.

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