Ted Ligety earned the fourth win of his career in Kranjska Gora at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom Saturday with a staggering 1.61-second victory. It was the largest margin of victory for the men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup this season and the biggest in recent history.
“It’s definitely a big victory, especially winning by that margin. I was proud of the effort I put in today. I think the last couple of races I was having trouble putting in the right amount of intensity and today I was able to find it and ski great both runs”, said Ligety.
Not only was it an impressive spread, but this victory keeps Ligety, a three-time World Cup giant slalom champion in the running for a fourth title. At 513 World Cup points, Ligety is still mathematically a threat to the current giant slalom leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria who finished third. With only the March11-18 World Cup Finals remaining, Hirscher leads Ligety by 92 points.
Ligety went on to describe the 2011/2012 World Cup season, “This year is pretty crazy. The season Hirsher had is incredible, he is over 600 points with one giant slalom race left. That’s maybe the most points scored in giant slalom since I don’t know when. I have 500 points, which is the most points I have ever scored in giant slalom. It would be tough not to win the title but I am also proud of having that kind of season.”
A slalom is scheduled for Sunday in Kranjska Gora to close the regular World Cup season. The World Cup Finals will be held March 11-18 in Schladming, Austria – home of the 2013 World Championships.