Ligety's win in Beaver Creek's second GS crowns him as the winningest GS skier in U.S. History
BEAVER CREEK – Ted Ligety wasn’t happy being second to Marcel Hirscher on Sunday so he took it to the Austrian today (Dec. 6), winning his second giant slalom of the season with a brilliant run down the Birds of Prey course. Ligety, who had been fourth in the first run, blistered the second to win the race by 0.69 seconds.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud took the third spot while the first run leader, France’s Alexis Pinturault made several small mistakes and faded to fourth.
“I made some bobbles,” said Ligety of his second run, “but I was on the edge. If I skied like that again I would not make it to the finish line most times.”
With today’s win, Ligety has the most giant slalom wins of any U.S. Racer, taking the lead from Phil Mahre and his teammate, Bode Miller
For the head coach, Sash Rearick, it was vintage Ligety.
“Ted, the master, separated himself out again. First run didn't quite have the separation he thought, and I was just laughing because we all know that Ted hates to lose and being fourth by a couple of hundies, we got to see what he can really do,” Rearick said with a grin.
It was a good day for the U.S. as Tim Jitloff put down a strong second run to move from 21st to 10th, overcoming Sunday’s frustration when he tangled with a panel four gates from the finish and took himself out of the race. Jitloff, who lead the race for ten racers, said he “liked being in the hot seat again.” He had lead at Beaver Creek once before.
It was a good day for Tommy Ford as well. Ford put in a solid first run to get to the top thirty and then laid down the fifth fastest second run trip.
“I was really stoked with Tommy Ford and Tim Jitloff” Rearick added. “Tommy was tired, he did the downhill, did the super G and did the GS the other day. He was running out of gas. The first run he didn't quite move. Second run he did a great job of getting refueled, nutritionally and then mental toughness, he came out it was just all mental, he came out and just charged it, moved on his skis.”
Bode Miller could not find speed and wound up 29th and not happy with his ski setup. Still for the USA it was a solid day with four in the top 30. -- G.B.
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by Hank McKee
Men's World Cup Giant Slalom, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 6, 2011
1 Ligety, Head/Head/Head
2 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
4 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
7 Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/
8 Richard, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Simoncelli, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Jitloff, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
Men's World Cup Giant Slalom, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 6, 2011. ... It is the seventh race of the men's 45 race 2011-12 World Cup schedule. ... It is the third of nine scheduled GS's. ... The fourth of six races now set for Beaver Creek and the second men's GS at Beaver Creek in three days. ... It is a rescheduled race from Val d'Isere, France originally slated for Dec. 11 and moved due to a lack of snow. ... It is the first of two Val d'Isere races moved to Beaver Creek. ... It is the 45th Cup race hosted by Beaver Creek. ... the tenth GS.
It is the tenth career World Cup win for Ted Ligety. ... all in GS. ... It is his second win of the season. ... It is his second win and sixth Cup podium at Beaver Creek. ... He ranks fourth among American men, two behind Daron Rahlves. ... He has won more GS races than any other American ski racer in World Cup history. ... It is the 230th US Cup win. ... and seventh of the season.
It is the 15th career Cup podium result for Marcel Hirscher. ... his second of the season having previously won the GS at Beaver Creek Dec. 4.
It is the sixth career Cup podium result for Kjetil Jansrud, all in GS. ... He has never won a Cup race. ... It is his sixth score of the season.
It is the third career Cup podium for Tim Jitloff and second in GS. ... Jean-Philippe Roy matches his eighth best career finish. ... It is the second best career Cup result for Tommy Ford, his best an 11th scored at Hinterstoder last season. ... It is the 228th career scoring result for Bode Miller.
Aksel Lund Svindal (sixth in race) leads the World Cup overall standings 334-289 over Ligety. ... Didier Cuche (23rd in race) is third overall with 268pts. ... Jan Hudec (did not race) leads the Canadians in 18th with 96pts. ... Ligety leads the Cup GS standings 280-220 over Hirscher. ... Alexis Pinturault (4th in race) is third with 159pts. ... Roy leads Canadians in 17th place with 39pts. ... Austria leads the men's Nations Cup standings 1165-943 over Switzerland. ... France is third with 719pts, the US fourth with 614 and Canada seventh with 292pts.
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Run 1||Run 2||Total Time||FIS Points|
|6||1||421328||SVINDAL Aksel Lund||1982||NOR||1:20.41||1:20.78||2:41.19||6.42|
|Disqualified 1st run|
|27||420148||KARLSEN Truls Ove||1975||NOR|
|25||421669||HAUGEN Leif Kristian||1987||NOR|
|Did not start 1st run|
|Did not qualify 1st run|
|59||30149||SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier||1980||ARG|
|53||192504||MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas||1984||FRA|
|Did not finish 2nd run|
|Did not finish 1st run|