Another World Cup globe for Ligety
March 18, 2011
Ted Ligety’s toast of champagne celebrating another World Cup GS title came at 7 a.m. Friday.
Once snow conditions were deemed unfit for the circuit’s final GS race in the early morning, Ligety took a swig of champagne and went back to sleep with his third World Cup crystal globe in hand.
"I’m pretty happy about it," said the Park City native. "Anytime you get a title, it’s obviously a good year. So, it’s definitely something I’m really psyched about."
It is Ligety’s second major title in the last month, after winning the FIS Alpine World Championship gold GS medal in Garmisch, Germany.
Ligety’s third globe launched him past U.S. ski racing legend Phil Mahre who held the American record of two GS titles in 1982 and 1983.
"This year, I did it in a fashion I’m definitely more proud of, so I’m pretty happy about that," he said. "Having won the World Championships was pretty huge. It was a good feeling, being able to win under that kind of pressure."
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The Parkite led the GS series from start to finish and finished 77 points ahead of second place Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
Ligety pointed to his white-hot start as a highlight of his 2010-2011 season. He said winning the GS race at Alta Badia, Italy, was the coolest of his circuit wins this year due to the resort’s history, calling it a "classic" and a hill he’s always wanted to win on.
His win at Beaver Creek, Colo., was also dear to him because it came on American soil, something he said is always special.
While winning a World Cup globe is a great achievement, Ligety said he would have liked to have seen held, giving other skiers a chance to mix up the order of the final standings.
"It’s just kind of bad luck, you know," he said. "(But) it’s a good thing they cancelled when it’s going to be bad weather conditions. You’d hate to win or lose a title just based on the fluky race conditions.
However, Ligety was adamant saying he still has some skiing to do.
"I still want to get a decent slalom result in," Ligety said. "So the season’s not completely done."
Ligety was asked to weigh in on the neck-and-neck race for the women’s overall World Cup title between American Lindsey Vonn and Germany’s Maria Riesch, which will come down to the women’s GS race today.
"It is definitely exciting," Ligety said. "It’s a pretty unbelievably close race they have."