Alpine Programs

Ligety Comes Back for Birds of Prey Win

by
USSA
2011-12-06 14:22
 

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6) - Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) stormed from behind Tuesday to win the second Audi Birds of Prey GS in Beaver Creek. It was his second win in three GS races and vaulted him into second in the overall Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standings. After sitting fourth with a .14 deficit in the first run, Ligety won the second run by .72 for the 10th victory of his career and second in Beaver Creek. Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was 10th, Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) 15th and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) 29th as four Americans landed in the top 30. In 13 World Cup races this season, the U.S. Ski Team has combined for 10 podium finishes, including seven victories. World Cup women will take their first race runs on the famed Birds of Prey track Wednesday with a super G, featuring local hero Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who enters the race after sweeping three World Cup races last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ted Ligety won the second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom in Beaver Creek
  • It was Ligety's 10th World Cup win and second this season after opening the year with victory in Soelden, Austria
  • Ligety was second in the opening giant slalom race on Dec. 4
  • Ligety continues to lead the World Cup GS standings and is second in the overall behind Aksel Lund Svindal
  • Tim Jitloff was 10th and Tommy Ford 15th  for  a career best World Cup GS. Bode Miller was 29th
  • In 13 World Cup races this season, the U.S. Ski Team has compbined for 10 podiums and seven victories
  • Women's World Cup action picks up in Beaver Creek Wednesday with a super G

 

TV
Tue. Dec. 6 - Universal Sports TV - 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET

QUOTES
Ted Ligety
"It's really hard to come from behind with that kind of pressure and win, especially in snow like this. I don't think I could have done much more than I did on my second run. It was pushing the line harder than I have all season."

"If I have three or four runs like my second run today, chances are I'm not going to finish a good percentage of them. I was on the edge and pushing the line a lot harder than I did on Sunday."

"Getting second place is always good, but I was definitely dissapointed on Sunday. I thought I skied well, but I wanted the win in front of my family and friends, so I definitely had some extra motivation going into today."

"This hill is really unique in the sense that it never super steep so you can pretty much arc the entire thing, especially on the bottom pitch. It's just the perfect steepness for laying out. I felt my hip on the ground several times and it's so cool to have your hip on the snow and not have your hands on the snow, but still feel like you're in perfect control. That's why I love racing Birds of Prey."

Tim Jitloff
"I felt really good and this was a good result for me. I wanted to be in the top 10 and I did that. It's always a positive sign when you see the green light after crossing the finish line."

"The snow was totally pristine and perfect. I knew that I could do whatever I wanted to do on snow like this."

Tommy Ford
"I pushed harder today and I'm skiing well. I've got to work on my physical strength a bit, but things are feeling really good. This was a good result for me and a good result for Tim, but Ted is really on a level of his own in GS. He's proven to be the best in the world for the last two or three years and that's not changing anytime soon."

RESULTS
Official Results
http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=66693