While the women wowed the crowds in Aspen, Ted Ligety led the men”s team with a fourth place finish in the World Cup super G in Lake Louise. Although he missed the podium by a mere .01, this was a big points win for Ligety that propelled him into 2nd place in the overall standings. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway took first place and moved into the overall points lead.
Ligety has spent the past week training non-stop for the season”s first super G. He intentialy skipped the last downhill race and chose to focus on his training at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain. This strategy clearly paid off, and allowed Ted to achieve his best super G finish since taking second three years ago.
When asked about his decision to focus exclusively on super G preparation Ted explained, “When you come up here casino to do all the downhill training runs and you don”t do that well in the race, then you”ve wasted four days. So my strategy was to get some giant slalom and super G training in Copper before heading up here.”
Ligety”s fellow teammates gave a solid performance with Andrew Weibrecht finishing 19th, Ryan Cochran-Siegle 20th and Tommy Biesemeyer 29th.
The men”s team now heads back to the states to prepare for the Audi Birds of Prey Races at Beaver Creek, Colorado on November 30th-December 2nd.
“I”m looking forward to getting back to Beaver Creek, its such a pleasure to race because they do such a good job with the hill preparation,” said Ligety. “The giant slalom is my priority there, but I”m going to race everything.”