Ted Ligety, a Park City, Utah native, is rising in the ranks to victory. In Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 25th, Ted Ligety earned 6th place in super G during the 73rd Hahnenkamm Race. It is his 3rd top 10 result in this season for super G and his best. Ligety comfortably sits in 3rd place in the overall standings in the FIS World Cup Championships behind Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) for 2nd place and Marcel Hirscher of Austria for 1st place. Notably, Ligety is leading giant slalom.
Ligety commented on his performance, “I felt like I skied really well in sections for sure and just got locked on my edge coming over Hausberg and ditched a lot of speed there and didn't attack it as hard as I should have. Some guys are really direct and ski it really hard and maybe it's sloppy looking but they make up a lot of time there whe
re I was a little bit too neat. But I'm happy to be in sixth place on this hill.
It's definitely encouraging for World Champs coming up and just my consistency in super G. Outside of Val Gardena, which is never going to be a good hill for me, all my super G's have been pretty good.The downhill runs have actually been pretty good. I've been second and fifth coming onto the road so I just need to be faster on the road. Being fast on the gliding sections is the key here for me. When you have to turn a lot, I'm actually pretty fast so I need to keep some speed going on the easier sections tomorrow”.
Sasha Rearick, Head Coach of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team had nothing but praises about Ligety’s race, “This was by far Ted's best result in the Kitzbuehel super G and it was a challenging course. He executed the plan right to the money. He skied aggressive, he was stacked up over the ski and I'm looking forward to seeing the same kind of skiing tomorrow. Steven also did a good job today. It wasn't pretty across the traverse, but for the start number he had it was a really good result.Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, bring it on”.
There’s more to come in the 73rd Hahnenkamm downhill on Saturday. The U.S. Ski Team World Champion group will be announced on Monday, January 28th. Don’t miss the action on the Universal Sports Network at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.