Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ted Ligety Wins Gold in the Giant Slalom at Vail-Beaver Creek 2015


In front of thousands of cheering fans, Ted Ligety skied aggressively in the second run to take the lead and then watched the other contenders fail to match his mark. He posted a combined time of 2:34.16 to edge out Marcel Hirscher at the top of the timesheets. The Austrian finished 0.45 seconds off the pace, while France's Alexis Pinturault took the last podium spot, 0.88 seconds out.
Ted Ligety became the first man to win the giant slalom world title three times following his wins in 2011 and 2013.
"This one was a tough one for sure", he said. "This is probably one of the most emotional victories, from the standpoint that it's been a tough kind of year. To be able to win in front of a home crowd and have a bunch of friend and family here is super meaningful. And to pull it off with that kind of pressure is always awesome".
Ligety collected his second medal of the World Championships, having already earned bronze in the alpine combined, which was dominated by Marcel Hirscher.
Marcel Hirscher went into that race as the super favourite, having won four of the five giant slalom World Cup races this season, including the last three. The only race he failed to win was actually in Beaver Creek, where he took third behind Ted Ligety and Alexis Pinturault.
"I have to say I gave my best", said Hirscher. "I had a pretty awesome run, but Ted's run was definitely outstanding. I don't think I could have skied even one hundredth of a second faster, so to get that silver medal makes me super happy".
Sick in bed two days prior to the race, Alexis Pinturault found the necessary energy to win the second medal for the French team after the bronze earned in the super-G race by Adrien Théaux.
"My focus in the last past two days was just about recovering as fast as possible to be able to race today", he explained at the press conference. "After the first run I thought that things were fine again, that I finally had all the power back I needed. The feeling was good. But in the second run, it was much more difficult for me. I was really tired. So this podium is a great achievement for me".

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