Ligety Pockets $103,000 In Italy’s Rockfest Exhibition Race
America’s Ted Ligety won a unique exhibition Sprint Giant Slalom at Paganella Ski Resort in the Italian Dolomites Monday, pocketing $103,000 (€75,000). He has now won two of the four Alpine Rockfests, winning in 2011.
The Alpine Rockfest is an exhibition that combines World Cup male ski racers competing for what’s billed as the biggest winner-takes-all prize in the sport with lots of rock music into a made-for-TV event in Europe.
Racers go through several elimination rounds with the five fastest racers ending the competition and racing for all of the prize money. Americans Ligety, Bode Miller, and Tim Jetloff competed with only Ligety making it into the finals. He beat Italian Luca Aliprandini and Czech Krystof Krzyl for the jackpot.
Former U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Phil McNichol and Italian entrepreneur Marco Dellapiccota developed the Alpine Rockfest four years ago. The event follows men’s World Cup racing at Val Gardena and Alta Badia, Italy.
Ligety will head home to Park City for Christmas before returning to Europe for pre-Olympic races. He has had a somewhat off December, finally breaking back onto the World Cup podium Sunday, but the Rockfest win was a nice Christmas present.
Rockfest music was supplied through concerts by South Punk, Djrvani, and Stodlgang.
Photo: Alpine Rockfest (Rockfest)