American ski sensation Ted Ligety has won the men’s super combined ski world championships in Schladming, Austria with his second gold medal and he is just warming up. Just 3 days after claiming victory in the World Cup super-G, Ligety has yet to compete in his most dominant event of giant slalom on Friday. Winning 4 out of 5 GS races this season in World Cup, this 3-time World Cup GS champ is expected to have an even more amazing performance in his next event.
Ligety’s undeniable slalom skills were displayed on Monday as he conquered two-peat gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal, who did not finish the course for super combined. Halfway down the course, Norway’s Svindal intersected the gate after having difficulty with a muscle strain at the start of the race. With a time of 54.
86 seconds on the slalom, Ligety was 1.15 seconds ahead of Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic who took silver. Romed Baumann of Austria finished 1.17 seconds behind Kostelic and took the bronze medal in after leading the downhill.
Monday’s downhill event was dominated by Aksel Lund Svindel. However, Ligety finished his personal best in downhill to finish 6th place. Adrien Theaux of France and Christof Innerhofer of Italy finished ahead of Ligety in the downhill but did not complete the slalom. Ligety completed a flawless two-run time of 2 minutes, 56.96 seconds to win the title along with his other gold medal from the Turin Olympics combined in 2006 in Italy.
Ligety commented on his winning run, “I just tried to ski as smart as I could,” said Ligety. “I tried to have a solid run the whole way down and not make too many mistakes. Seeing the green light at the bottom was a really sweet feeling.”
See what Ligety does best this Friday for the most epic event at the World Cup during giant slalom in Schladming, Austria.