Ted Ligety was sixth in the Schladming night slalom for his best slalom finish since Jan. 2011 (Getty Images/AFP/Samuel Kubani)
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
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
QUOTES 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.