The weekend that never seemed to end finally did Sunday. American gold medalist Ted Ligety parlayed two slalom runs and a downhill into second place in a Super Combined at Kitzbuehel, Austria. Meanwhile, Stacey Cook finished 13th in a windblown, flat light super G at Cortina, Italy.Kitzbuehel’s weekend featured the world famous Hahnenkamm downhill and more, while the Cortina weekend for the ladies meant two downhills and two super Gs caused by earlier postponements.
Ligety’s combined time in the slalom runs and downhill was one minute 11:.22 just off the winning pace set by Alexis Pintaurault of France in 1:11.07. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher was third.
U.S. speed racer Tim Jitloff finished 13th and Steve Nyman was 31st.
Laura Gut, the Swiss racer who started the season with big wins came back to the top of the podium in a super G at Cortina, Italy Sunday. It was her fifth World Cup win this season. Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second and Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Reisch was third.
The windy weather with low visibility and what was described as a “tricky course set” likely caused 19 racers to go off course, including American Julie Ford. Rookie Jackie Wiles of Aurora, Ore. claimed her third straight scoring of World Cup points by finishing 29th.
Final tune-ups for the Sochi Olympics are coming up this week. The World Cup men have a slalom in Schladming, Austria Tuesday and a weekend date in St. Moritz, Switz. For a downhill and GS. The ladies head to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for a weekend GS and slalom.
Photo: Ted Ligety in U.S. Nationals (Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts/USST)