Ligety Surges in Schladming Night Slalom

2012-01-24 13:57

SCHLADMING, Austria (Jan. 24) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) battled huge ruts and continuous snowfall to finish sixth in the Schladming night slalom in front of 45,000 raucous fans as hometown hero Marcel Hirscher won. It was Ligety's best slalom finish since January of 2011 and launched him back into fourth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings.


  • Ted Ligety produced his best slalom finish in over a year with sixth in the Schladming night slalom
  • Ligety now sits fourth in the World Cup overall standings
  • Austrian Marcel Hirscher claimed his sixth win of the season in front of 45,000 fans
  • Croatian Ivica Kostelic was fourth, yet retained his lead in both the overall and slalom standings
  • Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) had a planned break from the World Cup and did not start
  • Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) was disqualified from the first run
  • Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and Seppi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) did not qualify for the final
  • It was the first World Cup start for Stiegler, younger brother to women's alpine Olympian Resi Stiegler
  • Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH), Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA) and Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN) did not finish the first run
  • Heavy snow fell throughout the first and second runs creating challenging race conditions
  • The men's tour moves to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for a downhill and super G Jan. 28-29


Ted Ligety

Schladming is a super cool slalom, it always has been like that. You can see what the crowd is right now, and the second run increases, there are flares going off. You can hear the crowd sometimes, which never happens in ski races normally. You're focused, you never hear the crowd. Here you definitely hear it and feel it. It's cool to be able to race in a place where they really appreciate what you're doing and appreciate the sport.

My slalom has been coming along this year. It would have been nice to be a little faster in each run, but things are definitely moving in the right direction.


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