Ted Ligety gives a congratulatory high five to race winner Marcel Hirscher. (Getty ImagesAFP-Don Emmert)
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4) - First run leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) couldn't quite hold on, finishing second in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek. With a .21 second lead over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, Ligety went back and forth, in and out of the lead on his second run before falling .16 to the Austrian. Ligety, who held onto his Audi FIS World Cup lead, was the defending champion at Beaver Creek. The men are back on the same hill for a rescheduled World Cup GS on Tuesday.
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Ted Ligety posted a .21 first run lead but couldn't match Austrian Marcel Hirscher on the second run
Fourth World Cup podium for Ligety in Beaver Creek GS
Since 2006, Ligety has never finished lower than fourth in the Beaver Creek GS
Tommy Ford only other American finisher in 22nd
Ligety retains Audi FIS World Cup GS lead
Bode Miller 4th, Ligety 5th in Audi FIS World Cup overall
QUOTES Ted Ligety Second place is obviously good, but I wanted to win more than anything. I feel like I had room to improve after my first run, I had more speed. I've got my family and friends here from Park City so it's even more motivation to put up some good results.
It's easy to make mistakes on this hill. There were certain parts where I skied well and others where I was all over the place. I knew exactly where I lost it. I had a little bobble on the bottom that lost me some time. I was a little soft in my turn instead of being completely confident.
This is a great hill to have a GS race on, it flows a lot better than Val d'Isere – it's a GS hill. I'm really looking forward to Tuesday, it should be good. This race is a good motivator for the races here next week.
Tommy Ford I didn’t change too much from my first run to my second. I feel like I skied well the first run and that helped me ski well in the second run. I'm just working on keeping my speed up, having a clean run each time and racking up some World Cup points.