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Ted Ligety struggles in Levi

USSA News Bureau,

Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City) finished 18th, 3.33 seconds out of first place, Sunday in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour’s first slalom event.

David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colorado) finished 26th, 4.32 seconds out. Small mistakes in the wrong spots cost Ligety and Chodounsky time.

"There’s definitely a lot to improve," Ligety said. "We haven’t had good training volume in slalom yet this season. I feel like I skied better second run, just made mistakes in the wrong spots. It is what it is. I’ll move on to the next one. I want to be able to get on the podium this season. I think I have that kind of speed, I just have trouble relaying that into the race and having consistency so hopefully I can try to get that figured out."

Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen laid down an aggressive and fast second run, beating his great rival and last year’s winner, Austrian Marcel Hirscher, with an overall time of 1:50:39. It was win number two for Kristoffersen, who had played the position of second fiddle throughout the 2014 season.

Germany’s Felix Neureuther looked a bit stiff in the lower back on his first run, but dominated the top section of the second run to round out the podium.

The World Cup tour now swings to North America with a downhill and super G in Lake Louise, Canada, followed by the famed Audi Birds of Prey Race Week Dec. 5-7 in Beaver Creek, Colorado, home of the 2015 FIS Ski World Championships. The team will prepare for the back-to-back speed series with training at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper.

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