Next weekend (25-26 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 21st time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
Switzerland’s Lara Gut had a perfect start to the 2013/14 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season on the Rettenbach Glacier claiming the top spot on the podium after beating the field by a 0,84 margin. It was near-perfect conditions on the glacier for the race with blue skies and a firm slope after a good overnight freeze.
It was the first Giant Slalom win for the 22-year-old Swiss and the first-ever podium for her at the season-opening Sölden Race. Gut laid down the best time in the first run with 0,77 advantage. In the second run, Gut built on her lead an ultimately finished ahead of Austria’s Katherin Zettel by 0,84 seconds. Finishing in third place was Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg 1.28 seconds off the winning pace.
Ted Ligety picked up the 2013/14 FIS Audi World Cup season right where he left off last season with a victory in today’s Giant Slalom Race at the Season Opener in Sölden. Ligety came out ahead of Alex Pinturault (FRA) by 0.79 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Austria's Marcel Hirscher, who finished 1.02 seconds off the pace. It was the third straight victory for Ligety at the Sölden Season Opener.
It was Ligety’s ninth-straight podium finish in giant slalom and his 31st career giant slalom podium. He is now tied with Italian superstar Alberto Tomba for Giant Slalom podiums, ranking fourth among all skiers.