Ted Ligety continued his record of being on the podium in each World Cup Giant Slalom this season with third place in Garmisch. The HEAD World Cup Rebel had to fight hard to keep the record going as the differing snow conditions caused problems on the first run especially. Alexis Pinturault won the race ahead of Marcel Hirscher with Ligety in third place.
Ligety admitted after the race that the snow conditions had made things difficult for him on the first run. Having made a few small mistakes on the hill that he won the World Championship Giant Slalom on in 2011, Ligety was in the unusual position of fifth place after the first run. When the snow conditions are like this, Ligety admits that he does not have the confidence to go full speed. “If they could have set the course last night and then slid the course, this would have made things much better,” Ligety explained, “I made a ton of little mistakes the whole way down.”
“It was tough snow condition wise,” Ligety explained, “it was crumbly, it was hard to have a good feeling on your skis and you were trying to run all your ski on to the flats as clean as possible. You have to take some risks and I went on to my hip. Luckily I was able to keep the skis in the fall line and I did not get into too much soft snow but that is how it goes in ski racing.”
Ligety has a busy programme in the run in to the end of the season. With the Olympics fast approaching, Ligety is making use of training time by flying to Sochi for three days before racing at Kvitfjell.
With one eye on the Giant Slalom World Cup points, Ligety, while pleased with the third place, would have preferred first run leader Felix Neureuther to have won as it would have meant he only lost 10 points rather than the 20 Hirscher closed in by. “GS is going amazing this year. Third place is not what I want to be getting right now as my GS is going so well but I will take it, it is not so bad,” Ligety reflected.
1. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
2. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
3. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
9. Marcel Mathis (AUT) HEAD