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Ligety wins sixth World Cup GS of season

USSA News Bureau

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LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City) capped off the best season of his career with a sixth giant slalom win at the World Cup Finals on Saturday. He joined Ingemar Stenmark as the only other man to win six or more World Cup giant slalom races in a single season. He stood on the podium in all eight giant slalom podiums this season, which hasn’t been done since Ingemar Stenmark in 1978-79 and Phil Mahre in 1981-82.

Ligety had already locked up his fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title by winning in Kransjka Gora, Slovenia. With his historic victory in Switzerland, Ligety eclipsed 1,000 World Cup points for the first time in his career and guaranteed a third-place finish in the overall standings. He finished with 1,022 points, beating out his previous best of 898 in 2008.

To top it off, he won a record three gold medals at the World Championships in super G, super combined and giant slalom.

"This year was great," Ligety said. "GS was an amazing season. World Championships was amazing. I just have some work to do in slalom and hope that I can maintain my level in super G and move up a little bit there too. Hopefully I can step it up next year and give (Marcel) Hirscher a run for his money (for the overall crown)."

Now the action shifts to the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, beginning today and ending March 24.