Ted Ligety made it a flawless second run in the Giant Slalom at the FIS Alpine World Championships at Beaver Creek, Colo. Friday to snag the first gold medal for the USA so far in this two-week event with only a weekend to go.
It’s about the halfway point of the FIS Alpine World Championships at Beaver Creek, Colo. and there’s still no gold for the U.S. trophy case. But, the U.S. men continue to provide some surprises as Ted Ligety picked up a bronze medal in the Alpine Combined (downhill and slalom) on the strength of a “let it all hang out” slalom performance.
A shortened Cortina downhill became more of a sprint course Friday, with Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) leading the USA. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was eighth and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) tenth, having to wait again for record win number 62 in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
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Olympic champion Ted Ligety suffered an injury to his left wrist while training at Vail’s Golden Peak. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Ligety suffered a left wrist carpal dislocation.
There’s no new reindeer to add to American slalom star Mikaela Shiffrin’s herd. Shiffrin had an uncharacteristically bad day at Levi, Finland where first prize is a reindeer. At least she could visit the reindeer she won last year and named Rudolph. Meanwhile, Sunday, Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety finished 18th, 3.33 seconds out on the men's first slalom of the season.
The coveted crystal globe – the traditional award for winning a World Cup discipline -- remains in familiar, competent hands. Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight globe in the slalom, while Olympic Gold Medalist Ted Ligety claimed his fifth giant slalom globe Saturday. The World Cup finals wrap up Sunday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
For United States Winter Olympians the Welcome Home parade on March 16 in Lake Placid will bring their Sochi experience full circle.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 22) – The dramatic conclusion of alpine skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday featured an impressive 13th by USA’s Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) to top the results for Team USA during an incredibly difficult slalom finale.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) skied into sixth place in his first run and put forth a heroic effort to tame the wild course, but he missed a gate and went out halfway through his second run. Five of the top eight skiers did not finish their second run on the deteriorating snow, while Austria’s Mario Matt was able to piece together a gold medal run.
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Photo: Nolan Kasper at Kitzbuhel slalom (Doug Haney/USST)
Sochi, Russia — All the injuries, surgeries, sickness, training interruptions, frustrations and equipment changes came rushing out of Andrew Weibrecht Sunday, Feb. 16. The initial, physical outpouring came in the run of his life down the super-G course at Rosa Khutor.
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.
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.
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.
It was a day at Beaver Creek, Colo. that may well have set the stage for Olympic drama in February. American champion Ted Ligety won his fourth straight Audi FIS World Cup Giant Slalom pushed by the USA’s Bode Miller coming back from a year off recovering from injury.
The Lindsey Vonn recovery watch continues and it looks better every day for the American champion as she rebounds from injury and pushes toward Sochi. Vonn finished 11th in the second weekend downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, leaping 29 spots from Friday’s 40th place result on her more cautious first race day back.
The first major snowstorm of the season sent ski racers packing, and powder hounds reaching for fat skis.
“It’s the first powder storm of the season, and the crowd is going wild,” said Emily Moench, communications manager for Snowbird on Wednesday morning. “Powder hounds are chomping at the bit.”