Ted Ligety started out with a dominating run just up until his inside ski rattled off a mere three gates before the finish line allowing France’s Alexis Pinterault the win. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, reigning Junior World combined champion, clinched a berth for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships team with his 25th place finish receiving his first Audi FIS World Cup points. The opening run of downhill left Ligety in 13th and Cochran-Siegle in 17th.
Head coach, Sasha Rearick, commented, “To be honest, we couldn’t tell what happened to Ted. He lost his inside ski as he was going by the gate on the top of a roll, so it was really tough to tell.”
“He was losing time in the slalom, but he would have been in second. It’s just a bummer, because he skied a solid downhill and was in a good position for the podium, Rearick continued, “Ryan did a really good job on the lower portion of the downhill – it was really impressive. We have another combined before World Champs, so we’ll see how things play out, but that he did a great job getting his first points in the discipline.”
Downhill is set to continue Saturday at the 83rd Lauberhorn race weekend with the longest and most beautiful course on the World Cup circuit. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the super combined at 10 am, 4:30 pm, and 11 pm ET.