Ted Ligety 10th in Soelden | ParkRecord.com

Ted Ligety 10th in Soelden

Defending Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City) saw a growing lead evaporate with a mistake at the start of the challenging flats on the bottom of the course in Soelden to finish tenth.

Ligety was locked in a battle with rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who took a .19-second lead over Ligety in the first run and went on to win by 1.58 seconds over Germany’s Fritz Dopfer.

"I just made a huge mistake in the one place that you can’t make mistakes," Ligety said. "I just lost my ski coming into the flats. If I would have lost it anywhere else it wouldn’t have cost me so much time. Mistakes happen."

The finish snapped a three-year win streak by Ligety at the season opener.

The men’s tour resumes in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 16 with a slalom event. The team will return to Colorado for training, with the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper set to open in early November.

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