The last time Ted Ligety stood on a World Cup podium was Dec. 5, 2015. Austrian Marcel Hirscher took his first super-G win that snowy day at Beaver Creek and Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S. claimed third. In the more than two years since then, Ligety has been plagued by various injuries including tearing his ACL in January 2016 and then undergoing back surgery just a year later. The American came back to racing at various points between the pain, but never skied to his full potential.

Now, it seems the two-time Olympic gold medalist has found his flow in giant slalom just in time for his fourth Winter Olympic Games. In the final GS before heading to PyeongChang, Ligety ascended to a third-place finish at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

“Happy to be on the podium,” Ligety said. “It’s definitely nice to finally make that step here when it’s been a tough couple years injury wise.”

Manuel Feller, Marcel Hirscher and Ted Ligety celebrate after the GS race. // Image Credit: GEPA / Thomas Bachun

While he made some mistakes in the second run that ultimately pushed him from second to third place, the American was happy with his skiing.

“This hill is always a tough hill,” he continued. “It’s not really a place you can lace two really good turns together unless you’re Marcel, of course. First run, I was actually surprised to be as fast as I was and second run, I think I skied better actually second run, just a little bit more mistakes.”

Teammates Marcel Hirscher and Manuel Feller of Austria went 1-2. For Hirscher, it marked his 55th career win, making him the second-most successful male World Cup skier behind Ingemar Stenmark with 86 wins. He won with a combined time of 2:40.18.

“I’m really surprised that things are going so well after my injury,” Hirscher said. “Fortunately, a win never becomes routine.”

Winning the giant slalom before the Games is often a good indicator of gold medal potential–unless you’re Hirscher. In the last 20 years, he is the only man to not claim the Olympic giant slalom title after winning the last World Cup in the discipline ahead of the Games. He finished fourth at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games after winning the World Cup in Kranjska Gora. That said, Hirscher was not nearly as dominant at that point in his career. The win in Slovenia was only his second of the 2009-10 season as compared to this season where Hirscher has won seven of the last eight GS races.

“Back in Vancouver, Marcel wasn’t the Marcel he is right now,” Ligety said. “So it’s a totally different story. Right now, it’s really, really difficult to beat Marcel. He beats himself. That’s the fact of the matter right now, so you have to ski as fast as you can and hope that’s good enough.”

For Feller, it was his first appearance in the top three. Being 1.57 seconds off the winning pace was enough to snag the second spot on the podium. The Austrian has been close before, but his wild style has made it tough for him to put two fast runs together.

“I’ve done some very good races in the giant slalom, but unfortunately it was never enough for the podium,” Feller said. “Today it finally fit.”

Aside from Ligety, the Americans were represented by Tim Jitloff and Tommy Ford in the second run. The took 20th and 27th, respectively. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Hig Roberts and David Chodounsky did not qualify for a second run.

The final men’s race before the Games is the Stockholm City Event on Jan. 30. Olympic action kicks off on Feb. 11 with the men’s downhill.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Manuel Feller (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Ted Ligety (USA) – Head / Head / Head
  4. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  5. Matts Olsson (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  6. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – Head / Head / Head
  7. Florian Eisath (ITA) – Blizzard / Tecnica / Marker
  8. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  9. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Loic Meillard (SUI) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  3  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  1:18.64  1:21.54  2:40.18  0.00  100
 2  11  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  1:19.62  1:22.13  2:41.75  +1.57  9.61  80
 3  13  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  1:19.27  1:22.60  2:41.87  +1.69  10.34  60
 4  4  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  1:19.99  1:22.02  2:42.01  +1.83  11.20  50
 5  6  501324 OLSSON Matts 1988 SWE  1:20.03  1:22.12  2:42.15  +1.97  12.05  45
 6  16  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:19.82  1:22.49  2:42.31  +2.13  13.03  40
 7  12  292967 EISATH Florian 1984 ITA  1:19.82  1:22.56  2:42.38  +2.20  13.46  36
 8  2  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu 1992 FRA  1:20.49  1:21.99  2:42.48  +2.30  14.07  32
 9  5  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:19.58  1:22.92  2:42.50  +2.32  14.19  29
 10  19  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  1:19.65  1:23.08  2:42.73  +2.55  15.60  26
 11  10  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  1:20.27  1:22.65  2:42.92  +2.74  16.76  24
 12  9  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  1:20.72  1:22.27  2:42.99  +2.81  17.19  22
 13  7  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:20.02  1:23.01  2:43.03  +2.85  17.44  20
 14  36  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni 1990 ITA  1:21.12  1:21.99  2:43.11  +2.93  17.93  18
 15  27  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  1:20.98  1:22.20  2:43.18  +3.00  18.35  16
 16  8  191750 FANARA Thomas 1981 FRA  1:20.80  1:22.39  2:43.19  +3.01  18.42  15
 17  47  194935 FAVROT Thibaut 1994 FRA  1:21.13  1:22.08  2:43.21  +3.03  18.54  14
 18  14  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  1:20.10  1:23.28  2:43.38  +3.20  19.58  13
 19  21  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO  1:20.83  1:22.58  2:43.41  +3.23  19.76  12
 20  55  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  1:21.52  1:21.97  2:43.49  +3.31  20.25  11
 20  31  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:21.14  1:22.35  2:43.49  +3.31  20.25  11
 22  25  202597 SCHMID Alexander 1994 GER  1:20.57  1:22.96  2:43.53  +3.35  20.50  9
 23  24  511741 ZURBRIGGEN Elia 1990 SUI  1:21.25  1:22.45  2:43.70  +3.52  21.54  8
 24  23  294890 NANI Roberto 1988 ITA  1:21.38  1:22.40  2:43.78  +3.60  22.03  7
 25  18  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA  1:20.87  1:23.24  2:44.11  +3.93  24.04  6
 26  41  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:21.43  1:22.86  2:44.29  +4.11  25.15  5
 27  22  531799 FORD Tommy 1989 USA  1:20.57  1:23.77  2:44.34  +4.16  25.45  4
 28  46  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT  1:21.52  1:22.88  2:44.40  +4.22  25.82  3
 29  26  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN  1:20.80  1:23.91  2:44.71  +4.53  27.72  2
 30  33  54093 STROLZ Johannes 1992 AUT  1:21.32  1:23.70  2:45.02  +4.84  29.61  1
 31  1  421669 NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  1:19.98  1:32.46  2:52.44  +12.26  75.01  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 69  302982 OHKOSHI Ryunosuke 1988 JPN  1:24.18  0
 66  303097 ISHII Tomoya 1989 JPN  1:23.97  0
 65  481730 KUZNETSOV Ivan 1996 RUS  1:22.62  0
 62  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT  1:22.16  0
 57  511857 JENAL Sandro 1992 SUI  1:22.58  0
 56  104531 CRAWFORD James 1997 CAN  1:22.85  0
 54  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:24.37  0
 52  290095 BALLERIN Andrea 1989 ITA  1:22.50  0
 49  422073 NETELAND Bjoernar 1991 NOR  1:21.66  0
 45  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  1:21.84  0
 44  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN  1:22.30  0
 43  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA  1:22.59  0
 42  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  1:21.83  0
 40  422390 MONSEN Marcus 1995 NOR  1:21.79  0
 38  53985 MATHIS Marcel 1991 AUT  1:22.04  0
 37  54104 WALCH Magnus 1992 AUT  1:21.79  0
 32  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  1:22.08  0
 30  481103 ANDRIENKO Aleksander 1990 RUS  1:21.83  0
 29  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  1:22.05  0
 15  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  1:22.12  0
Did not finish 1st run
 68  380363 KOLEGA Elias 1996 CRO  0
 67  202765 NORYS Frederik 1996 GER  0
 64  6190329 GUILLOT Victor 1996 FRA  0
 63  422300 EIDE Peder Dahlum 1994 NOR  0
 61  20398 VERDU Joan 1995 AND  0
 60  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI  0
 58  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  0
 53  6291374 HOFER Alex 1994 ITA  0
 51  512269 ODERMATT Marco 1997 SUI  0
 50  502015 JAKOBSEN Kristoffer 1994 SWE  0
 48  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL  0
 39  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL  0
 35  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  0
 34  180666 TORSTI Samu 1991 FIN  0
 28  54027 BRENNSTEINER Stefan 1991 AUT  0
 20  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  0
 17  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino 1992 SUI  0
Disqualified 1st run
 59  194457 GALEOTTI Greg 1992 FRA  0
Did not start 1st run
 70  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL  0
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