Slalom looks so simple with the U.S. Ski Team's David Chodounsky who skied a career best tenth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Adelboden on Sunday, January 13th. Chondounsky from Crested Butte, CO completed the second fastest final run at 56.06 seconds. It was Marcel Hirscher from Austria who was the only one to top Chodounsky on his second run while leading in the overall World Cup. American Ted Ligety from Park City, UT who came on top in the GS on Saturday, placed 11th in Sunday’s slalom.
Chodounsky stated, “I felt I had a good first run, it was nice and solid. I got comfortable with the hill and snow conditions and came out ready to rip in the second run. I ripped. Everything is building to the next race. I broke my collarbone in August, but was able to get in some good prep in Chile and also in Colorado. From there I've been producing solid results and I try to keep building on that from race to race. Wengen was my best result until this year, I like that place and I like the hill. It's going to be really fun”. Despite David's recent serious injury his previous best finish was a 15th at Val d'Isere, France slalom last month and he keeps on rising in the ranks.
Ted Ligety commented on his performance, “Eleventh place isn't my goal, that's for sure. In order to to have any impact on the overall I have to be on the podium in slalom. I think I have that potential, I just haven't been able to put together two decent slalom runs this year. I have to get rid of the two and three big mistakes I've been making in every race. This wasn't a horrible result, but it's not what I think I should be getting”. Ligety may be critical of the last results but his determination will pay off in the upcoming events.
Don’t miss these awesome athletes compete in the next event series in Wengen with super combined, downhill and slalom next weekend.