Ligety leads from the front: 2 races 2 wins for HEAD
Ted Ligety made it a second victory of the weekend for the HEAD World Cup Rebels in two days with a commanding win in the opening men’s World Cup race of the season. Fastest on the first run, Ligety kept his cool despite making a small mistake mid way down the long pitch leading to the flat into the finish. With 14,000 ski racing fans basking in the sun, Ligety gave notice that he is still the man to beat in the Giant Slalom.
Miller was the first of six HEAD World Cup Rebels out the start gate on the second run and the power and determination of the American was evident as he attacked the course. A small error crept in and the lead he had built up evaporated in the sun and he drifted into third in the finish. Gauthier de Tessieres could not match Miller and Miller’s time held up for a podium spot for a number of racers.
Such was the tightness of the times, when Kjetil Jansrud came down from eighth after run 1; a small error saw him take the place behind Miller by five hundredths. Considering he had been suffering from a small back pain Jansrud was pleased with his result. The two would eventually place nine and ten. Aksel Lund Svindal was disappointed with his race as a whole and especially the second run yet held on for twelfth.
There is nothing like pressure and Ted Ligety thrives on the stuff. With young French star Alexis Pinturault in the finish and leading, Ligety had just over three tenths advantage over the Frenchman. The race was pure theatre and a huge advert for ski racing. The star of the show was Ligety as he dealt with the “gnarly course” and used the information radioed up by Miller “about the bumps on the steep” to good effect as he was able to attack. With this win Ligety was also able to give his rivals notice that he intends to approach the Overall with force and meaning this winter.
It was known that Ligety has been skiing fast in training but he explained after the race “you never know what is going to happen. I have been training fast but it does not count until the race.” This was race win number nine for the World Champion who is looking for his fourth Globe this season to go second equal on the all time list.
Two races over the weekend and HEAD World Cup Rebels made the top step their own!
1. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
3. Philipp Schoerghofer (AUT)
9. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
10. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
12. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
14. Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) HEAD