The snow might have been a bit wet today in Slovenia, but it couldn’t stop living legend Ted Ligety from shredding to victory in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom. Ligety took home the gold and enough points to secure his fourth career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup GS title!
“To win here again is incredible and I’m really proud of it,” said Ligety. “It’s a big weight off my back. I had an awesome season in giant slalom but Hirscher was with me the whole season. It makes it tough going for the title. It was a head game when he was so close all along.”
When asked about how it felt to win this season’s title, Ligety responded by saying, “It’s tough to rank this title with any other. They’re all special in different ways. Winning my first was the most special, but this year was really good. It’s far and away my best season and winning every giant slalom except two and being on the podium in the other one’s is doing it in the right fashion. This has been a dream season in giant slalom.”
There’s a reason Ted is referred to as “Mr. GS”. The skier has actually been atop every single World Cup GS podium this season! It is a disicpline that Ligety consistently excels in, and has been his primary focus all season long. Today’s victory marked his fifth gs win this season, and the 16th of his career. It was also his fifth time winning an event on the slopes of Kranjska Gora, which is the most of any athlete to ever grace the venue.
Now that the giant slalom is firmly secured, Ligety can turn his sights on the World Cup overall title. Currently, he sits comfortably in third place at 909-848 over German Felix Neureuther. With five races left to go this season, there are still ample opportunity to cover some additional ground in the points race.
Ted spoke about the ongoing quest for the overall title, explaining, “It’s cool to go into World Cup Finals without the stress of the giant slalom title, but my goal now is to get third in the overall. Felix [Neureuther] and I have been battling for that position for a little while now and with his giant slalom and slalom power, that’s going to be difficult. But hopefullly I can ski a good super G and also ski well in the giant slalom and we’ll see what happens. I’ll ski everything from now until the season is done.”
The action in Kranjska Gora continues Sunday with a slalom event.