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Ted Ligety second in Alta Badia

USSA News Bureau,

ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 21) — Ted Ligety (Park City) had a phenomenal second run of giant slalom, skiing from seventh place to second in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Alta Badia. Tim Jitloff (Reno, Nevada) took 12th.

It was a rough track, with the men tackling nasty ruts and icy bumps. If the racers didn’t stay on their line and on the outside ski, the course spit them out. But those types of courses are perfect for Ligety, who — after a disappointing seventh place on the first run — used his classic angles to shred the hill, coming down the second run ahead of the field by over a second.

The only one who could beat Ligety was Marcel Hirscher of Austria. After winning both tech races in Are, Sweden, Hirscher was hungry for another victory. He took the Alta Badia win by almost a second and a half. Just off Ligety’s pace by .03 seconds, Thomas Fanara of France was in third.

Hirscher now leads Ligety by 74 points in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup GS standings.

Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City), Mark Engel (Truckee, California) and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colorado) did not qualify for a second run.