Ted Ligety flies out of the gate with an astonishing 2.75-second margin of victory to win the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom!
Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) sent a clear message on the field with an historic 2.75-second margin of victory in the World Cup opener in Soelden for his 12th career win. Ligety mastered the controversial new GS skis, soft snow conditions, variable light and a raging blizzard to post one of the largest margins in the sport’s history. He repeated as champion on the Rettenbach Glacier and marked his sixth straight podium in Soelden. It was the biggest victory margin in World Cup GS in over 30 years. While Ligety will remain in Europe to train for the World Cup slalom in Finland in two weeks, the speed team is congregating this week for the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain next Wednesday.
Ligety was 0.04 seconds behind France’s Thomas Fantara after the first run with Fantara unable to match Ligety, finishing fourth. Ligety’s 2.75-second margin of victory was the seventh greatest of all-time in GS, and the first in 34 years when the legendary Swede Ingemark Stenmark posted two separate margins of around four seconds. Tim Jitloff (Reno, Nevada) was 8th after the first run, but dropped to 19th. Universal Sports TV will provide top to bottom coverage at 10am ET with a repeat at 1am. Subscribers can also watch online including live streaming of all Audi FIS Alpine World Cups.