Ted Ligety took third place on the Gran Risa behind Marcel Hirscher and Alexis Pinturault. The Gran Risa is usually very hard and icy and yet this year the snow was more aggressive than icy. Having won last year on the hill by a huge margin, Ligety did not feel that the slope had been doctored to dampen his ability. Coming at the end of a three day burst of World Cup races, Ligety was happy to be on the podium after having crashed out in the last Giant Slalom in Val d’Isere.
“To be able to get third place is definitely good,” Ligety explained after the race. “The conditions on the Gran Risa were not very icy and that meant a little adjustment in the mind. But I feel that being on the podium is a good day.”
While Ligety had lead at the first split on the first run, a few small errors saw his lead disappear but was still in touch after the first run. The second run saw a Ligety charge and he opened up a huge three quarters of a second lead at the first split before a small mistake cost him time in the middle section.
With Pinturault and then Hirscher to come on the second run, Ligety could only wait. Asked about the state of the course, Ligety felt that “there were definitely some big holes in the course but eighty per cent of it was pretty smooth.”
As the Christmas break approaches, Ligety admitted that his European Trip has been pretty tough “with not a lot of finishes it is nice to put in a good result. This makes it a little easier to go home for Christmas.” Ligety is hoping that he gets some time to get out on his HEAD all mountain skis and ski some powder during the break.
Having won the first two World Cup Giant Slaloms, Ligety was asked what his secret is and how he plans to get back to winning ways: “I am always trying to arc,” he explained, “I am always working at trying to get better, if I rest and say that I am good at GS, these guys are going to beat me very quickly and already today they beat me. You have got to keep pushing forward if you want to stay ahead.”
1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
3. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
11. Cyprien Richard (FRA) HEAD
13. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
15. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD