Ted Ligety ripped to an impressive sixth place finish in super G to open the Hahnenkamm weekend in Kitzbuehel (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 25) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) continued to show his speed in super G with an impressive sixth place finish to open the 73rd Hahnenkamm race weekend in storied Kitzubuehel. Ligety remained third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings behind race winner Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who will not race in Kitzbuehel until Sunday's slalom. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET as part of their Winter Bowl Weekend.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) mastered the top of the notorious Steif to finish sixth for his third super G top 10 result this season and best in Kitzbuehel.
Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal won the race to gain ground on Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who did not compete.
Ligety sits third in the overall standings, 111 points behind Svindal. He is seventh in the SG standings and leads the giant slalom.
Austrian Matthias Mayer finished second with Italian Christof Innerhofer in third. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) finished 26th.
It was the final super G before the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships open Feb. 4 in Schladming, Austria. The U.S. Ski Team World Champs squad will be named Jan. 28.
Action continues from Kitzbuehel Saturday with the 73rd Hahnenkamm downhill.
Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.
QUOTES Ted Ligety I felt like I skied really well in sections for sure and just got locked on my edge coming over Hausberg and ditched a lot of speed there and didn't attack it as hard as I should have. Some guys are really direct and ski it really hard and maybe it's sloppy looking but they make up a lot of time there where I was a little bit too neat. But I'm happy to be in sixth place on this hill.
It's definitely encouraging for World Champs coming up and just my consistency in super G. Outside of Val Gardena, which is never going to be a good hill for me, all my super G's have been pretty good.
The downhill runs have actually been pretty good. I've been second and fifth coming onto the road so I just need to be faster on the road. Being fast on the gliding sections is the key here for me. When you have to turn a lot, I'm actually pretty fast so I need to keep some speed going on the easier sections tomorrow.
Sasha Rearick, Head Coach This was by far Ted's best result in the Kitzbuehel super G and it was a challenging course. He executed the plan right to the money. He skied aggressive, he was stacked up over the ski and I'm looking forward to seeing the same kind of skiing tomorrow. Steven also did a good job today. It wasn't pretty across the traverse, but for the start number he had it was a really good result.