Ted Ligety wins second gold
February 12, 2013
Ted Ligety won his second gold medal of the world alpine ski championships Monday in Schladming, Austria, and he hasn’t even competed in his best event yet.
Three days after winning the super-G, Ligety crushed the field Monday in the super combined. He will be a heavy favorite in Friday’s giant slalom, having won four of the five GS races on the World Cup this season. He is a three-time World Cup GS champion.
Ligety had one of the best performances of his career in Monday’s combined downhill, finishing sixth, then had the second-fastest time in a combined slalom that exacted a heavy toll on many of the top finishers from the downhill leg of the race. Askel Lund Svindal of Norway, Adrien Theaux of France and Christof Innerhofer of Italy finished ahead of Ligety in the downhill but all failed to finish the slalom.
"I just tried to ski as smart as I could," said Ligety, who had a two-run time of two minutes, 56.96 seconds. "I tried to have a solid run the whole way down and not make too many mistakes. Seeing the green light at the bottom was a really sweet feeling."
Ligety won a gold medal in combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics when he was only 21 but was shut out of the medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He is a two-time world championships medalist in GS, taking gold in 2011 and bronze in 2009.
"Today is awesome," Ligety said during a finish line TV interview on Monday. "It’s definitely somewhat of a surprise. I haven’t really had success in super combined in years, so to finally get a win again—the last time I won (a combined was) in the Olympics in 2006—it’s a long time coming."
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia took the silver medal Monday, 1.15 seconds behind Ligety, and Romed Baumann of Austria claimed the bronze, 1.17 behind.
Ligety is the only racer to have won twice at the world championships. Four more races remain — men’s and women’s slalom and men’s and women’s giant slalom.