Ted Ligety: Five in a row
Ted Ligety destroyed the field, coming back from fourth in the first run to take the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom victory at Beaver Creek for the fifth-straight year.
Ligety’s winning run down the Birds of Prey piste will go down in legend, passing Benni Raich, Alexis Pinturault Marcel Hirscher. It was his 23rd giant slalom win, matching Switzerland’s Michael Von Gruenigen, one of his childhood heroes. Ingemar Stenmark has 46.
"Any day you win a World Cup race is a good day, especially so on home soil — in front of the home crowd and friends and family," Ligety said. "Second run was great. I was a little frustrated after the first run; I didn’t ski the way I wanted to. The second run, I was able to find the groove a little better."
It was a strong day for the U.S. Ski Team — Tim Jitloff (Reno, Nevada) was ninth with David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colorado) 17th.
Ligety was just over two weeks out from surgery on a fractured left wrist, with stitches plainly showing where four screws were inserted to stabilize the injury.
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The 22-year-old won the X Games’ inaugural ski knuckle huck competition and followed it up by taking gold in ski slopestyle.