Alpine Programs

Ligety 14th in Slushy Zagreb Slalom

by
USSA
2012-01-05 12:09
 

ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 5) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 14th in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marcel Hirscher captured the victory to move into the overall World Cup lead. Rapidly deteriorating course conditions due to warm weather caused havoc for late starters in both the first and second runs.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ted Ligety was 14th in the Zagreb night race for his third slalom top 15 of the season
  • Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the race to move into the World Cup overall lead, Ligety is third
  • Croatian Ivica Kostelic retained the World Cup slalom lead with second
  • Ligety was sixth after the first run, but dropped back in a very tight race
  • Warm temperatures and rain earlier in the week produced rapidly decaying course conditions
  • Nolan Kasper was 25th, while Will Brandenburg and Jimmy Cochran went out in the second run
  • Colby Granstrom, Will Gregorak and Michael Ankeny did not qualify for the top 30 final
  • Bode Miller did not start in favor of training for the next World Cup events
  • The men's World Cup moves to Adelboden, Switzerland for a giant slalom and slalom Jan. 7-8

QUOTES
Mike Day - men's technical Head Coach
Ted actually skied a solid second run. If you look at the times from the first run, those guys sitting six through 16 were really close in times.

Ted has now had three top 15 results in slalom in four races. It's definitely a step in the right direction.

The course broke down almost incredibly fast and there was an opportunity there for a few of our guys in the second run. We just didn't take advantage of it.

TV
Universal Sports will rebroadcast the race at 5 and 8 p.m. ET on its 24-hour TV network

OFFICIAL RESULTS
http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=66704