The U.S. Men’s Ski Team finished up their stop in Kransjka Gora, Slovenia enduring deep ruts, rain and snow for the Audi FIS World Cup slalom event. The course was fine during Saturday’s event, however heavy rain fell overnight and persisted through the next morning, only stopping before the second run.
American Ted Ligety suffered a few mistakes during his runs which resulted in him finishing in 18th place. Croatian Ivica Kostelic won the day, earning his first victory of the season. Marcel Hirscher of Austrian followed in second place, and with the points earned, secured the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title. Third place went to fellow Austrian Mario Matt.
Hirscher was able to mathematically lock up the slalom title after his nearest contender Felix Neureuther of Germany skied out in the first run.
Ligety currently sits in the third place position in the overall standings. He holds a 74 point lead over Neureuther.