Alpine

Ligety Victorious in Wengen Super Combined

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2014-01-17 08:02
 

WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 17) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) captured the 20th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory of his career Friday with a stunning super combined victory in Wengen. Ligety is the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in combined and the reigning World Champion in super combined, but until today had not won a World Cup race in any dicipline other than giant slalom. To make the historic victory even more memorable, the race was run in a reverse format with the slalom portion being staged before the downhill. The race, which opened the 84th Lauberhorn races in Wengen, will re broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on Universal Sports Network.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the 20th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of his career with a super combined victory in Wengen.
  • It was the first World Cup win for Ligety in a discipline other than giant slalom.
  • He is the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in combined, which paired one run of downhill and two runs of slalom and he is the 2013 World Champion in super combined.
  • It was Ligety's third World Cup win of the season and bumped him back into third in the overall World Cup standings. 
  • Another super combined will be staged next Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria to open the Hahnenkamm weekend. 
  • Overnight snow forced the jury to flip the race format with the slalom portion being staged before the downhill.
  • Ligety, who ran bib one, was second after the slalom, 1.22 seconds behind Alexis Pinturault of France and finished 13th in the downhill to overtake Pinturault for the win.
  • Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) finished ninth and Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) 20th, for the first World Cup points of his young career.
  • Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 28th and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) returned to the World Cup for the first time since last February, but he went out in slalom.
  • The race opened the 84th Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen featuring a downhill Saturday and slalom on Sunday. 

QUOTES
Ted Ligety

It’s nice to win a super combined finally. I’ve only done so in big events, which is a nice thing to do, but it would have been good to win a World Cup before now. To get this win is a nice confidence booster and feels really good because January has been a rough month for me. It’s nice that I can turn the corner on that one.

There was a lot of snowfall, but they groomed the track so it was not the greatest snow on the downhill, but I feel lucky that we had good light. In downhill if I don't feel confident enough to go hard so I let myself go slow so I could see where I was going. 

The main goal for Sochi is definitely the giant slalom. It’s my best event and I feel like I have the best chance of winning. But I know I have good chances, especially after Schladming, of competing well in combined and super G as well. So those are obviously my focuses. I think it’s going to be difficult to do what I did in Schladming, but I still think that I can get medals in those other events. So, I’m looking forward to that challenge.

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