GS super star Ted Ligety leads the first run
After a successful ladies’ race on Saturday, the men took over with their opening giant slalom on Sunday. Thanks to the great work of the organizing committee, the icy course was in a perfect shape for the men and fair conditions were offered to the 78 athletes at the start.
The pace of the first run was set by American giant slalom super star Ted Ligety. His flawless run gave him a lead of 0.17 seconds over Austria's Marcel Hirscher, who ended second in the first run. France's Thomas Fanara rounded out the top three 0.33 seconds behind Ligety. In fourth place, Roberto Nani trailed the leader by 0.63 seconds.
“Soelden is never a feel good hill, the snow conditions were really rattly and I was trying to fight and keep my skis in the fall line,” Ligety said. “I was quite surprised when I crossed the finish line but I guess everyone was feeling the same way. Any time you see the green light, it’s a bit of a confidence booster and it’s nice to be in the lead after the first run but it’s also only half way there.”
The second run looks very promising with close time differences between the top four. Stay tuned to see who will take home the first men's victory of the season, when the Soelden weekend concludes with the second race starting at 12:45 CET.