ST. MORITZ, Switzerland - Four-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City) blasted through thick fog to win the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom before the Olympics by a massive 1.51-second margin over Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
Ligety masterfullly arced to a 1.28-second first run lead, then didn't hold back in the bumpy final to claim the wire-to-wire win, the 21st of his career.
"That was a bumpy ride," Ligety said. "It's so tough when you can't see anything; it just makes it that much more tiring. That was a hackfest battle, for sure, so I'm glad that I was actually able to make it to the finish line, let alone win.
"Generally the way I ski is a little bit rounder than everybody else. I try to make smoother, cleaner turns and not worry about the distance so much. I think when it's like this and it's so hacked up, that plays well for me because I kind of avoid some of those bigger holes. So, yeah, I was just lucky that I was able to make it down though, too."
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is Feb. 7. Ligety's first competition is likely to be the super combined on Feb. 14.