January 6, 2007
ADELBODEN, SWITZERLAND - (USST News Bureau Release) - Defending World Cup champion Benjamin Raich of Austria won his first race in nearly two months Saturday, with an explosive second run while Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), the only American to reach the second, finished 17th.
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Raich, the first-run leader who added time through every checkpoint on the second run, finished in 2:25.29 for his 24th World Cup win. Italy's Max Blardone was second in 2:26.14 while Ligety's time was 2:27.68.
"Today was a bit of a beating, no question. We should have done better, a lot better," Men's Head Coach Phil McNichol said. "To crap out like this in the last GS before Worlds (Feb. 3-18 in Are, Sweden) was unfortunate. We needed to get something done and we just didn't do it."
A midrace bobble cost Ligety after he had a mistake at the top of his second run, McNichol said. "Today was about start numbers; only five guys got into the second run from outside the first 30...and that was because Bode went out and (Austrian Rainer) Schoenfelder and (Austrian Mario) Matt, and a couple of others. Jimmy (Cochran - Keene, NH) skied pretty well, but he was coming out of 50th start, so he didn't have much of a chance, but he gave it a good effort, as usual...
"We have to turn this around tomorrow (in slalom). This was a kick in the gut."
The men race slalom Sunday and then move to Wengen, Switzerland, for three days of racing, starting Friday and including the 77th Lauberhorn downhill.
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=21721.