Ted Ligety battled through the slushy Schladming slalom to finish 11th and land top 15 in the slalom standings (Mitch Gunn/www.sportsphotographer.eu)
SCHLADMING, Austria (March 18) – Olympic and World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) battled a slushy Schladming slalom to finish 11th in the final race of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup as Swede Andre Myhrer won the race to capture the discipline title. Ligety, who had four top 10s in slalom this winter finished 15th in the standings for his best slalom season since 2008. Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who won the men's overall and giant slalom titles, went out in the first run and Croatian Ivica Kostelic hiked to pave the way for Myhrer's come-from-behind victory.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the second run to finish 11th in the final World Cup slalom.
In a strange twist in the final race, Swede Andre Myhrer came from behind to win both the race and the slalom title as Marcel Hirscher took the overall
Ligety ended up 15th in slalom and ninth in the Audi FIS World Cup overall
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QUOTES Ted Ligety It’s nice to end up in the top-15 for the season. That was one of the goals before the year so to barely get in there is definitely nice. It wasn’t the day I wanted to have today but I did what I could with the snow conditions and my skill level.
It’s a huge step forward from the last three years. Next year I want the GS title back, that is a big priority. I think sometimes the fastest skier doesn’t always win, and in some sense that is what happened this year.
I was really fast this year but I had some big mistakes and (Marcel) Hirscher didn’t. Hopefully I can get a little deeper back in the top 15 in slalom. I won the second run and obviously a lot of that is due to running first drawing, but not bad.