World Champion Ted Ligety captured his sixth giant slalom victory at the World Finals on Saturday, adding yet another highlight to what many consider to be the best season of his competitive career.
“It’s so ridiculous; it has been such an amazing year,” proclaimed Ligety. “I never would have expected it and in a way it’s kind of a bummer as I will never be able to do that again. A really cool season and to finish it up with a victory… I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Ligety joins legendary skier Ingemar Stenmark as the only men to win six or more World Cup giant slalom races in a single season. At this point, Ted has stood atop all eight giant slalom podiums during the 2012/2013 season. Such a feat has not been achieved in 31 years – Stenmark in 1978-79 and Phil Mahre in 1981-82.
While athletes had to overcome difficult course conditions to compete in the event, it is fortunate that they were able to compete. It”s been a very snowy week in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, forcing officials to cancel several final events. The new snow and cold temperatures led to an extremely bumpy course, making casino online the steep top portion of the course particularly volatile.
“Today was difficult,” said Ligety. “It wasn’t spring snow. It was very, very wintry; probably the most aggressive snow we’ve had all year. So that was definitely somewhat of an adjustment and to be able to win is just an awesome way to cap it off.”
Thanks to his victory in Kransjka Gora, Slovenia last week, Ted went into Saturday”s event with his fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title already firmly secured.
When asked which accomplishment he was most proud of, Ligety responded, “It’s so tough to choose between the GS globe and my three gold medals, they are all so awesome and they all mean so much. But the globe I think is really cool as you have to be good all year while for the World Championships you could get lucky here and there. Anyhow it’s an awesome feeling to have the season I just had!”
The win in Lenzerheide also propelled Ligety past 1,000 World Cup points for the first time in his World Cup career. He is guaranteed a third place finish in the overall standings for the season.