Ted Ligety had another great point victory today at the Audi Birds of Prey super G today, but the podium eluded him once again. After surviving what can only be described as a roller coaster ride, Ligety managed to capture fourth place, matching his finish last week at Lake Louise. The world-renowned World Cup course appeared to be particularly challenging with 16 athletes failing to finish the race. Matteo Marsaglia of Italy was the winner of the day, earning his career first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished in second, and Hannes Reichelt of Austria took third.
Although he fell short of the podium, Ligety maintained his second place position in the World Cup point standing, behind Aksel Lund Svindal.
Ligety spoke about his fourth place finish, saying, “I felt like I skied really well especially on the top. With the great conditions here you could do just whatever you wanted on the snow. I made a couple small mistakes on the bottom it’s a bummer to be just a few hundredths off the podium. But I’m happy with how I skied overall. Super G now is my second best event. I’m getting better in super and hopefully I can keep it going and keep scoring some points and have a chance for the overall. But the way Aksel’s skiing it’s crazy – he’s going to be tough to beat.”
American teammate Tommy Biesemeyer earned a career best 18th place finish. Brennan Rubie scored points in his very fist World Cup start finishing in 27th, as did Jared Goldberg who followed in 30th.
Brennan Rubie was ecstatic about his first point victory, after the race he described the sensation, saying, “I was super surprise that I could get in the points in my first race. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Rubie went on to credit his performance to fellow American, Jared Goldberg, saying, “I was up top and I heard my teammate Jared Goldberg had a great run and that pumped me up. I was like, OK, guys I ski with everyday are putting it in there and so I knew that I could too.”
The Audi Birds of Prey World Cup action continues at Beaver Creek Sunday when Ligety takes on the world in giant slalom, five weeks after his record 2.75 second GS win in Soelden. NBC Sports Network (former Versus) will broadcast the GS live at 2:35 p.m. EST.
“I’ve always done well in the GS here.” said Ligety.”The snow is the best it’s been in a long time. Hopefully I can put together two decent runs.”
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