Ted Ligety slices his way to his first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill podium at the Finals in Lenzerheide. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12) - Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) became only the second American man in history to podium in all five events, tying for second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide. Ligety, who started fourth to set the early pace, was just .11 off the winning time of Austrian Matthias Mayer, tying with Italian Christof Innerhofer. The finish bumped Ligety up to third in the World Cup overall chase with three races remaining. Universal Sports will broacast same-day coverage at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) tied for second in downhill at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide to become only the second American man to score a top three in each of the five disciplines.
Ligety and Christof Innerhofer of Italy were .11 off the winning pace of Austria's Matthias Mayer.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth, Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) eighth.
Ligety joined an elite group of only eight men - including Miller - who have scored podium finishes in all five World Cup disciplines.
The best previous downhll for Ligety also came at Lenzerheide, finishing fourth in 2007.
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal was fifth to move ahead of Marcel Hirscher for the World Cup overall lead. Ligety overtook Alexis Pinturault of France to jump into third.
Svindal hoisted the World Cup downhill crystal globe for the second consecutive season, after clinching the title a week ago in Kvitfjell.
Miller led the U.S. Ski Team in the final downhill standings with seventh, Ganong was ninth and Ligety pulled into the top 30 with 26th.
Super G is on tap for the men on Thursday.
Universal Sports will broacast same-day coverage at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT.
QUOTES Ted Ligety To be on the podium in every single event in my career is pretty cool - I'm psyched about that.
This course really suits my technique - I've been fourth here before. I knew I had a good chance on this kind of hill. It's not a typical downhill and suits guys with more GS. It's the kind of hill where you have to be gutsy and go for it.
It's nice to gain points for third (in World Cup) but it's also not the most important race for me here.