Ted Ligety needed to win today’s final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour giant slalom in order to continue having a shot at his fourth title. Unfortunately, Ligety nearly skied out in the very first run to eliminate his chances. He bounced off the course and had to hike back to finish the run.
Ligety described his methods for today’s race, saying, “My only option today was to win so I was going hard. I was the fastest and when you live by the sword you die by the sword. I made a big mistake and when you are going hard it comes at you quick and those things happen.”
Ligety won the second run to finish 25th on the day and outside of the points. Austrian Marcel Hirscher ended up claiming the win for the day — thus eliminating any chances for Ligety to obtain the giant slalom title. Hirscher claimed the giant slalom title and moved into the overall lead.
While it is disappointing to see Ted get so close to the title and not be able to capture it, there is no question of this being an amazing season for the skier.
“It’s somewhat frustrating, but not that frustrating. I still scored the most points I ever have in a season for giant slalom. I think you would be hard pressed to find somebody with the same consistency I have had over the years so I am happy with that.” Ligety went on to say, “I resigned myself into knowing that I wasn’t going to win the cup already being 92 points back and Hirscher being relentless. It’s no big surprise there.”
With only Sunday’s slalom remaining, Hirscher leads Swiss Beat Feuz by 25 points. Both Ligety and Nolan Kasper will start the slalom for the U.S. Ski Team.