Will Brandenburg threw down a screaming fast final run at Sunday’s slalom competition in Kranjska Gora to earn an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup career best sixth place finish. Sweden’s Andre Myrer took the win.
Brandenburg spoke to what the victory means to him, “I have battled where I try to take a more aggressive line and it sometimes pays off for good speed but it hasn’t paid off in consistency. I am learning. I will come back next year and hopefully build off this result and start getting closer and closer to podium.”
Ted Ligety won Saturday’s giant slalom by 1.61 seconds, but could not carry the same momentum into Sunday’s competition finishing in ninth place. However, Ligety did manage to secure the Vitranc Trophy which signifys the fastest racer over the two-day series. Nolan Kasper was 17th and Jimmy Cochran 25th as four Americans made the final.
“I skied pretty well, especially in the second run on the top half. The top half was very good but I lost a ton of time in the bottom. It would have been easy to move all the way up to the podium probably if I skied a little better there, but that is how it goes sometimes. But I am happy to have three top-10s in a row”, said Ligety.
It was the final race of the regular season with the top 25 racers in each discpline moving to Schladming, Austria for the March 11-18 World Cup Finals. Ligety and Kasper qualifed for the top 25 World Cup Finals in slalom.