Ted Ligety unbeatable in Soelden
SOELDEN, Austria - Ted Ligety is the winner of the 2012/13 season's first Giant Slalom World Cup competition. Manfred Moelgg and Marcel Hirscher joined him on the podium. With a total time of two minutes and 36.02 seconds, he was in front of Moelgg by 2.75 seconds and local hero Hirscher by 3.12 seconds. Moelgg and Hirscher placed third and ninth in the frist run.
Since the very beginning, Ted Ligety skied what seemed to be an unbeatable race, managing to perfectly handle the foggy hill in just 1 minute and 18.52 seconds in the first run. In the second run, the weather deteriotated which makes Ligety's performance even more outstanding.
After the race, Ted Ligety was surprised about his outstanding performance on his new skies: “That's probably a once in a career achievement. It's pretty phenomenal! I am generally faster on the new skies but would have never thought I would be this fast. One thing that played in my favour was that I knew I could be really smooth even when taking a little longer line.”
Local hero and last year's overall World Cup title winner Marcel Hirscher felt fine after the race: "I know that everyone in Austria is expecting good results from me. I am really happy about 60 World Cup points today as I was racing against a great Ted Ligety."
Next to Ted Ligety, Slovakia's Adam Zampa was another outstanding hero of today. Finishing ninth, he scored the first World Cup points for his home country after 20 years of waiting: "I think it has been 20 years, since Peter Jurko scored points for what was then still Czechoslovakia. I am happy, I was hoping for this but at the beginning I had a hard time adapting to the new skis, but it could be that we had been training in soft conditions so now on the ice skiing proved much easier"
With heavy snowfalls during the night, the race course could only be set early in the morning and the first racers had low visibility and difficult runs. After the first ten racers, the sky cleared up and the sun came out, allowing the later racers to ski in improved conditions.
In the second run, the weather deteriorated and was in favour of the first runners. This makes Ted Ligety’s performance even more outstanding since he was skiing in “very difficult conditions with almost no visibility and a lot of bumps”, as he stated in the press conference after the race.
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