Ted Ligety, who won this year’s opening World Cup race at Soelden, Austria two weeks ago, finished 13th in Levi, Finland. On a day where temperatures hit high 30′s and fog engulfed the mountain, defending champion Andre Myhrer was the best man, narrowly winning by .06 seconds. The United States team now returns to Colorado in preparation for the opening of the speed season at Lake Louise, AB and Beaver Creek.
“Ted [Ligety] had a tough training period after Soelden.We kind of got beaten up by Mother Nature everywhere we tried to train, but his skiing is far better than what it was today. He’s ready to make a move in slalom”, said Mike Day, Men’s Technical Head Coach.
Other USA finishes were Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) who took 15th, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) who skied out in the second run and Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) who did not qualify for the top 30 final.
“The coaches in Colorado had said great things about the skiing Will [Brandenburg] and David [Chodounsky] had been doing in Colorado leading up to this race. Clearly that showed in the first run for David. It’s really a testament to the effort he put in at the gym this summer”, added Mike Day. ”After missing last season with patella surgery and a good portion of the prep period with a broken collarbone, he’s very behind on miles, but in reality he’s way ahead on strength”.
The team will look to bounce back and re-group once at the Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain. Stay tuned for more info as they officially announce the 2013 U.S. Ski Team Team om Nov. 15 at Vail.