Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ted Ligety Claims GS Victory in St. Moritz

American Ted Ligety won the last World Cup race before the Olympic break picking up the Giant Slalom victory in St. Moritz (SUI).
After the first run, it was the ‘big three’ of this season’s Giant Slalom athletes leading the field. Ligety paced all racers, followed by Alexis Pinturault (FRA) and Marcel Hirscher (AUT). In every Giant Slalom this season, at least one of the trio has finished on the podium, and more often than not is has been a combination of at least two of the three.
Today all three of the Giant Slalom stars shared a spot on the podium, with Ligety claiming the victory by an impressive margin 0f 1.51 seconds. Pinturault finished in second place, while Hirsher took third, 1.69 seconds behind Ligety. The three showed that they are the class acts in giant slalom with the rest of the field more than two and a half seconds off their blistering pace.
"That was a bumpy ride today, it's so tough when you can't see anything, it's really tiring. I tried to make smoother, clearer turns and not worry about the distance so much", said Ligety after the race. "It was nice to get another good race in before Sochi and confirm where I am in giant slalom. Hopefully I can carry the confidence over the Olympics".
"It is really tough for all, but in general we have to thank them for making this race happen and making it as fair as it could be. I am sure it was not easy", Hirscher said. "I am glad we raced today though as I heard the course is rather similar to the one in Sochi so it was a good test before I head to the Games", one of the top favorites in Sochi said.
Pinturault has dominated some slalom races this year but is still looking for that GS victory. For a moment today he thought this might be his chance but conditions proved too difficult.
"This second run was even bumpier than the first one, it was difficult to stay focused. I never won a GS this year and that’s the goal, I will push hard in the next events and try to go for that top spot", Pinturault said.

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