Ligety storms to Gold in the Super Combined
HEAD World Cup Rebel Ted Ligety produced the run of his life in the Downhill and then finished the job off with a stunning slalom run in the Super Combined. Ligety was in good company on the second run with Aksel Lund Svindal in second after the downhill section and Matthias Mayer in seventh, just behind Ligety, who was 0.72 back from the lead.
After the downhill run, Ligety said: “I'm in a good position. I'd like to have more time on Ivica and Benni, but I feel like I'm in a place where I can easily take those downhill guys if I have a good run. It's going to be those slalom guys who are going to challenge,” said Ted. While Kostelic was in the lead when Ligety came onto the course, Raich had already straddled and was out.
“I knew that I had to be in a good position after the downhill. I knew that the downhillers would ski a little more carefully. I skied smart, looked ahead and controlled things. I have skied on the World Cup for nine years and know where I have to put the pressure on,” explained Ligety after the slalom run.
With still five racers to go after his slalom run, one of who was Aksel Lund Svindal, the defending champion, the result was not yet secured. With a lead of over one second, Ligety was in a strong position. Adrian Theaux and Christof Innerhofer both skied out under the pressure that Ligety had created and when Svindal straddled coming onto the steep, it was Downhill section winner Baumann or Ligety for the win.
Baumann skied within himself but was shedding speed and crossed the line in third. Ligety had his second Gold medal of the Championships and now has the chance to be the first racer since Jean Claude Killy in 1968 to win three Gold Medals in the same World Championships on Friday.
Ligety does not believe that because he has won two gold medals this makes him favourite for the Giant Slalom: “Just because you win one does not mean you have advantage in another.”
With three world titles now in three different disciplines, Ligety felt that “I never wanted to be a specialist, this is pretty surreal.”
GOLD: Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
Silver: Ivica Kostelic (CRO)
Bronze: Romed Baumann (AUT)
10th Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD