Ligety big favourite in the Men´s Giant Slalom
With his three wins this season in Beaver Creek, Val-d’Isere and Alta Badia, the American Ted Ligety is the one to beat in the giant slalom on Friday.
The dangerous chasers are from Norway and France
Super Combined World Champion Aksel Lund Svindal has a good chance to win the giant slalom as well. The Norwegian is the closest challenger after winning the Giant Slalom in Adelboden together with the France´s Cyprien Richard, who follows Svindal in place three of the World Cup standing. After two third place finishes Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) should be happy with this season so far. He lies in fifth place of the World Cup ranking. Placed in front of him is Richard´s countryman Fanara, who has two third place finishes to date with his victory at the World Championships dress rehearsal in Hinterstoder. The Austrian Philipp Schoerghofer is also among the circle of favourites.
The new double World Champion?
In case Aksel Lund Svindal, Thomas Fanara or Cyprien Richard win the Giant Slalom, they will have reached which, so far, only Austrian Lizz Goergl accomplished: two gold medals at these World Championships. Since Svindal defended his super combined title, Richard and Fanara won their gold at the Nations Team Event.
Returnees and injured
Swiss Carlo Janka is back in time to defend his title. The Val d´Isère World Champion denied to start at the super combined and downhill in order to prepare for the giant slalom at home. Croatian Ivica Kostelic returned after a home vacation and will start at the giant slalom as well.
Benni Raich however will not participate. During the Nation´s Team Event, the Austrian suffered from a serious knee injury that he has already been operated on. Didier Cuche wants to start despite his injury. The Swiss fractured his middle hand which was casted. He should be able to manage the giant slalom. The first run starts at 10:00 a.m., the second at 1:30 p.m. Both races will be at the Kandahar.
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