A strong second run put Ligety on top of the podium at FIS World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Despite incoming fog, Ted Ligety put down a clean second run to win the men’s giant slalom at the FIS World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Ligety was fourth after the first run, and his strong second run pushed him ahead of silver medalist Cyprien Richard of France by eight hundredths of a second. Bode Miller came in 12th and Warner Nickerson placed 35th.
After sitting out the super G and the slalom portion of the combined events earlier this week, Lindsey Vonn came back strong today to win a silver medal on the challenging Kandahar downhill course. Vonn, who suffered a concussion earlier this week, was the 20th skier to start today’s race and came within .44 seconds of the winner, Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl, who skied 16th. Vonn knocked her close friend and hometown favorite Maria Riesch, who raced immediately after Goergl, into third place. Goergl held onto the lead, making this her second gold of this World Championships.
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With the jagged Italian Dolomites as a spectacular backdrop, Ligety carved his way to a third successive World Cup giant slalom victory this past Sunday in the land of pasta, passion and Pavarotti.
Ligety’s image was strewn across more newspapers, televisions and websites from Alta Badia – site of Sunday’s race – to neighboring Val Gardena, which hosted speed races in the days prior, than embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.