The Audi Birds of Prey wrapped up in Beaver Creek today, with U.S. Ski Team champion Ted Ligety capturing first place in Sunday’s Audi FIS World Cup Giant Slalom. The skier won the day with a final time of 2:25.59 — a whopping 1.78 margin! Marcel Hirscher of Austria followed in second with Davide Simoncelli of Italy rounding out the podium in third.
After opening the season five weeks ago with a historic 1.76 margin of victory in Soelden, Ted has been pulling out all the stops to capture first place again. Although the skier has been competing at the top of his game, the podium has eluded him — sometimes by a tenth of a second! That all changed in Sunday’s GS, when Ted finished the first run with a .78 second lead. Then in the second round expanded it further to 1.78.
Sunday’s victory further solidifies Ligety’s hold on his second place overall point position. Current point leader Aksel Lund Svindal lost some ground with a sixth place finish.
The men’s team now head out of the country to Val d’Isere, France for next weekend’s giant slalom and slalom.