Ted Ligety battled through incredibly soft snow conditions on the slopes of Switzerland today to take ninth place in the Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom held at Crans Montana. Italy’s Massimiliano Blardone, who was among the few first run leaders to maintain their speed throughout the finals, won the competition.
Ligety had been leading the giant slalom standings for the first half of the season, but due to a series of set-backs now resides 132 points behind Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who further increased the gap with a second place finish today. With just two giant slalom races left in the season, Ligety is going to have to pull out all the stops to improve his overall standings.
The men’s World Cup tour moves to Kvitfjell, Norway for a pair of super G races and a downhill.
Head Coach Sasha Rearick, spoke on the upcoming events, “Ted is going to skip Kvitfjell, take a couple of days break to rest from these crazy last few weeks, then he’s going to train slalom and giant slalom the week prior to Kranjska Gora. He is not skiing with the tremendous cleanliness and crispness that we know he can ski with. Over the rolls here, he just wasn’t skiing with a lot of confidence.”