Ted Ligety second in Sweden
ARE, Sweden – Ted Ligety (Park City) slayed his way to second place in Are, Sweden, behind Marcel Hirscher from Austria — who collected his 25th career World Cup win — and ahead of Stefan Luitz of Germany. Tim Jitloff (Reno, Nevada) grabbed more giant slalom World Cup points, finishing in 22nd.
The win moved Hirscher back atop the Audi FIS Ski World Cup GS standings and set the stage for an epic battle for the globe with Ligety, which will continue this weekend in Alta Badia.
With the sun setting just after 2 p.m. in Sweden, the giant slalom took place under the lights. The Norwegians set a super technical first run on the steep and injected course. Without much room for error, the course spat out DNFs — 18 racers first run, including David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colorado). But Ted Ligety and Tim Jitloff both skied solidly, with Ligety sitting third and Jitloff 19th after first run.
The Americans set a much more open second run, allowing the men to let their skis run a bit more. Jitloff had a few mistakes, finishing 22nd overall. Ligety looked calm when he pushed out of the starting gate, losing a little time on the top section of the course, but putting the hammer down in the second half.
With his infamous angles, Ligety skied through the finish in first place, only surpassed by Hirscher, who slaughtered the field by over a second. Stefan Luitz from Germany rounded out the podium.
"I’m happy to be second," Ligety said. "It’s nice to get on the podium. It’s easy to think of places where I could have made up time — just in the top steep section, I lost 1.6 seconds or something to Marcel [Hirscher] — but the rest of the way, we were very competitive. I struggled to get in the rhythm in that really steep section, which is Marcel’s bread and butter. I need to clean up the steeper part of my skiing. He skied it unbelievably. It was impressive to see that and an inspiration for weeks to come."
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