Olympic and World Champion Ted Ligety finished out the season strong on the slushy slopes of Schladming in Sunday’s slalom. Ligety won the 2nd round to finish 11th in the final race of the Audi FIS World Cup. Sweden’s Andre Myhrer, who also captured the discipline title, won the day.
Ted spoke about the season’s conclusion, saying, “It’s nice to end up in the top-15 for the season. That was one of the goals before the year so to barely get in there is definitely nice. It wasn’t the day I wanted to have today but I did what I could with the snow conditions and my skill level.”
Ligety has earned four top 10s during the 2011/2012 slalom season which leaves him with a 15th place ranking in slalom and ninth in the Audi FIS World Cup overall — making this his best slalom season since 2008.
“I was really fast this year but I had some big mistakes and (Marcel) Hirscher didn’t. Hopefully I can get a little deeper back in the top 15 in slalom.” Ligety went on to explain, “I won the second run and obviously a lot of that is due to running first drawing, but not bad.”
Marcel Hirsher of Austria, who won the men’s overall and giant slalom titles, went out in the first run. Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic had similar complications leading him to have to hike back into the race. These errors provided the opportunity for Myhrer to come from behind to take the win. Proving once again, that anything can happen in the World Cup — especially during the finals.
Up next is the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships opening on March 29 in Colorado’s Winter Park Resort.
When asked about his plans for next season Ligety explained, saying, “It’s a huge step forward from the last three years. Next year I want the GS title back, that is a big priority. I think sometimes the fastest skier doesn’t always win, and in some sense that is what happened this year.”
Photography by Mitchell Gunn