Fifth crystal globe for Ted
Ligety and Hirscher tied with 560 points for the season, but the globe was awarded to Ligety because of his five giant slalom victories. Hirscher had only two. It was the second consecutive giant slalom globe for Ligety, his fifth career World Cup globe.
"I definitely knew at the start of the day that I had a chance, but you know it’s not a good chance when it comes to Marcel. The only way you can win is by winning. I knew it was going to be a major uphill battle for sure," Ligety said after the race.
"I’m super thrilled. This is a goal every year to win the giant slalom globe but it was by the skin of my teeth today. It was a tough race this year. I was able to win quite a bit but it’s a testament to the fortitude of Marcel to get on the podium in every race so I’m happy to walk away with it."
With the win Ligety became the second man in history to have two seasons with five or more World Cup giant slalom wins. Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark did it three times. It was Ligety’s 22nd World Cup win in giant slalom, which puts him just one behind Michael von Grünigen of Switzerland. Von Grünigen is in second place on the all-time giant slalom list with 23 wins, including three in Park City. Stenmark has 46 wins in giant slalom, 86 overall.
Ligety shared the spotlight Saturday with Mikaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, Colo., who won her fifth race of the season Saturday and collected her second World Cup slalom title.
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