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Ligety Third Overall in World Cup

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USSA
2013-03-17 07:27
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 17) – World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) wrapped up the best season of his career Sunday with a third overall finish in the Audi FIS World Cup standings. He finished with 1,022 points, beating out his previous best of 898 in 2008. Ligety won six giant slalom races and stood on the podium in all eight of them, which hasn’t been done since Ingemar Stenmark in 1978-79 and Phil Mahre in 1981-82. To top it off, he won a record three gold medals at the World Championships in super G, super combined and giant slalom. Now the action shifts to the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) wrapped up the best season of his career Sunday with a third overall finish in the Audi FIS World Cup standings.
  • He finished with 1,022 points, beating out his previous best of 898 in 2008 when he won his first giant slalom title.
  • Ligety locked in his fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title last week after winning in Kransjka Gora, Slovenia.
  • Saturday Ligety joined Ingemar Stenmark as the only other man to win six or more World Cup giant slalom races in a single season.
  • He won six of eight giant slalom races and stood on eight of eight giant slalom podiums this season, which hasn’t been done since Stenmark in 1978-79 and Phil Mahre in 1981-82.
  • Ligety became the fifth man to record eight or more giant slalom podiums in one World Cup season, after Stenmark (twice), Mahre, Michael von Grünigen and Hermann Maier.
  • He also became the first man to podium the first eight giant slalom races of a World Cup season since von Grünigen did it in the first eight races of 1995-96.
  • On Thursday, Ligety was awarded the Run of the Year for his 2.4 second dusting of the first run in Alta Badia, Italy. His fellow athletes elected him for the award.
  • Now the team heads home for the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.

QUOTES
Ted Ligety
This year was great. GS was an amazing season. World Championships was amazing. I just have some work to do in slalom and hope that I can maintain my level in super G and move up a little bit there too. Hopefully I can step it up next year and give Hirscher a run for his money. So we’ll see.

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