While the women dominated in St. Moritz, Ted Ligety and the men’s U.S. Ski Team battled through some incredibly soft snow at Val d’Isere slalom event. The race actually had to be rescheduled for Saturday afternoon due to five feet of new snow dumping across the slopes of Val d’Isere earlier in the week. Despite the adverse snow conditions, Ligety kept up enough speed to finish in 12th place. Alexis Pinturault of France won the race, with Germany’s Felix Neureuther placing second and Marcel Hirscher of rounding out the podium in third for Austria.
Although it wasn’t the podium finish Ted had probably hoped for, it is still a major point victory. The 22 points gained in today’s event will play a big part in the skiers fight to overtake current points leader, Askel Lund Svindal. Ligety trails the Norwegian sensation by a mere 58 points!
American David Chodounsky produced the third fastest run during the finals to finish 15th. Chodunsky missed most of the 2012/2013 season due to injury. Today’s finish is a career best for the skier, and hopefully a sign of what’s to come.
Tomorrow’s giant slalom will be the must-see event of the weekend. Ligety, who is the defending GS champion at Val d’Isere, and looks to capture his third consecutive victory in the discipline.