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Ted Ligety Stuns With World Championship Gold In Super-G

Ted Ligety Gold WCThe second day of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria was much better for the U.S. after Lindsey Vonn’s season-ending crash Tuesday. Ted Ligety won the gold medal in the super G.

 

Ligety used his giant slalom skills to take command on the steep bottom section of the course to steal a two tenths of a second win over France's Gautier De Tessieres. Heavily favored Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway took bronze. 

 

The light was flat and Ligety was running tenth. He has never won a super-G at any level, with his best performance in an Audi FIS World Cup atVal d’Isere in 2009 when he finished second. It was the first super-G medal for the USA since Bode Miller won in Bormio, Italy in 2005.

 

“I thought actually I had a good chance here because my super G is going well,” Ligety said. “But knowing this hill, I knew it would be good for someone like me who is more of a GS type skier. I put a lot of risk especially on the bottom where it was steeper. The whole way I was just trying to link up turns. I saw a lot of guys sliding the top of the turn I knew I was capable of making it cleaner.”

 

It was also a good day for Tommy Biesemeyer from Keene, N.Y. and Ryan Cochran-Siegle from Starksboro, Vt. competing in their first Worlds. Biesemeyer finished 13th and Cochran-Siegle 15th after starting way back in the pack. Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, N.Y, did not finish, though skied well most of the course. 

 

Vonn’s serious accident was not far from Ligety’s mind. “That's a part of ski racing and if you let it get to you, you have no chance in ski racing. You're bummed out for her but you just have to move on from that and know she'll be back strong next year. As a ski racer, you can't let that effect you.”

 

Photo: Ted Ligety atop World Championship podium (usskiteam.com)

 

 

 

 

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