USA’s Ted Ligety Wins Lauberhorn Super Combined: ‘Confidence Booster’
Just a few weeks before Sochi, it appears American Ted Ligety is back in form. Ligety won the super combined Audi FIS World Cup (one downhill run, two slalom runs) at Wengen, Switzerland Friday.
Ligety, based in Park City, Utah, is the reigning world champion in super combined, however he had never one any discipline other than giant slalom in a World Cup before Friday. The race was run in reverse format with the slaloms first because of overnight snowfall. The event opened the famed Wengen Lauberhorn races.
“It’s nice to win a super combined finally,” Ligety said. “To get this win is a nice confidence booster and feels really good because January has been a rough month for me. It’s nice I can turn the corner on that one.”
Ligety overtook Alexis Pinturault of France for the win. He was second after the slalom and was 13th in the downhill for the combined win. USA’s Bode Miller was ninth, while Jared Goldberg picked up his first World Cup points finishing 20th. The Lauberhorn downhill is set for Saturday, followed by the slalom Sunday.
World Cup women are battling weather conditions in Cortina, Italy and the final downhill training run was cancelled. Weather is expected to impact the weekend.
Photo: Ted Ligety in 2013 Beaver Creek World Cup (USST)