KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia - Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City) captured a historic giant slalom victory Saturday in Kranjska Gora to become the first man in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup history to have won six times at the same venue.
"This is definitely a really cool hill," Ligety said. "It has so much personality and it's really a fun hill to ski. It has the steep parts. It has some rolls. It has a little bit of a gliding section. So it's a true GS skier's hill. I just try to stay ahead of the rut as always. I'm not the kind of person that tries to cut off line, so I just tried to ski smart and be clean as much as I could."
The stunning 23rd win of his career also moved Ligety within 50 points of Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who finished fourth, for the 2014 World Cup giant slalom title. American Tim Jitloff finished eighth and Bode Miller crossed the finish line in 24th place.
"Now the GS title isn't so far away, but it's still kind of far away with the mistakes I've made so far this year," Ligety said. "I'm just skiing race to race and wins are always important even if they don't go for the title. At this point the giant slalom globe isn't a huge goal of mine. I have to win and he has to falter, which is not a really good strategy. If it was anybody else besides Marcel I would say it's doable, but Marcel is not the kind of guy that gives anybody any gifts.
The title will be decided March 15 at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.