Ted Ligety Wins Adelboden Giant Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2013 11:57 am

Olympic and World Cup champion Ted Ligety saw victory today in the Audi World Cup giant slalom held on the slopes of Adelboden, Switzerland.

Marcel Herscher had secured the top performance in the first run, but suffered an error in the second that caused him to drop back to 16th place. This cleared the way for Ligety to secure a long deserved giant slalom win.

Ligety spoke candidly after the win, saying “Today I was really lucky – Marcel Hirscher won this race today. But I'll take it as I've given him some of those gifts in the past. This has been a tough course for me in my career so I'm happy to get the win. The second run was so dark and this hill is so tiring. I was lucky to have a little bit of reserve strength.”

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is a big point victory in the race for the overall title. Ligety now resides in third place in the gs discipline, closing in on Hirscher who leads by 103 points. Ligety still holds fire place overall.

Another highlight of the win for Ted was the fact that it tied him with ski legend Alberto Tomba's 15 giant slalom wins.

“That's a cool feeling. He was one of my childhood heroes,” said Ligety. “I grew up watching World Cup ski racing and following it. It's cool to be able to have your name part of that history.”

The World Cup action continues Sunday with the slalom event.

Universal Sports TV will air today's gs at 9 p.m. EST. Ligety will also be featured in the debut of U.S. Ski Team 36 on NBC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EST.

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