Ligety Moving Toward Top Of The Podium
ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 17, 2017) – Ted Ligety’s comeback from back surgery took another step toward the top step of the podium at the FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, Sunday.
“I want to start winning World Cups here, and I feel I’m just a couple little things away from figuring that out,” Ligety (Park City, Utah) said after finishing seventh in the first run and then charging the second run to score his best World Cup result in more than a year, finishing fifth.
“I had some good turns in there,” Ligety said of his first run. “I was holding onto it a little bit on the bottom and had a couple bobbles down here on the flat that cost a lot of speed, but overall it was OK skiing.”
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won his second giant slalom of the season and moved into a tie for the overall World Cup lead with Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who won Saturday’s downhill but did not compete in Sunday’s GS. Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen was second, and Zan Kranjec of Slovenia landed on his first World Cup podium in third.
Tommy Ford (Bend. Ore.) finished 23rd in the first run but did not finish the second run.
“It was difficult,” Ford said of his first run. “I had a hard time letting go and carrying speed. The snow was really grippy, and I had a hard time being light on my edges.”
Up next, the men compete in parallel giant slalom under the lights in Alta Badia Monday night. Ligety is looking forward to the upcoming races and as he continues building toward the Olympics Winter Games.
“Body-wise I’m feeling good,” he said. “But after two years of being injured, it’s hard to get the race sharpness back right away. That’s definitely a skill you get back by doing it a little more. I just feel like I need to get that last little bit of intensity in.”
Men’s giant slalom
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
12:30 p.m. - Men’s parallel giant slalom, Alta Badia – olympicchannel.com
7:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom, Courchevel – olympicchannel.com
12:00 p.m. Women’s parallel slalom, Courchevel – olympicchannel.com
MEN'S GIANT SLALOM - OLYMPIC SELECTION
Dec. 17, 2017 - (after 2 races; 1 race remaining in qualifying period)
Up to three athletes in each event will be selected based on following criteria in sequential order. Top two athletes based on current World Cup rankings at start of the Olympics will have automatic start right in event. Up to four may be entered in the Olympic event.
Top Three Finish (indicates number of finishes in criteria category)
Top Five Finish
Ted Ligety (1)
Top 10 Finish
Ted Ligety (1)
Tommy Ford (1)
Current World Cup Points Ranking
9. Ted Ligety (96)
19. Tommy Ford (35)
35. Tim Jitloff (11)
Jan. 6, 2018 - Adelboden, Switzerland
NOTE: Canceled race in Soelden will not be rescheduled.