It’s comes as no surprise, Mr. Ted Ligety took home the gold last night in the Men’s Giant Slalom with a combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds. Ligety has been on fire since FIS rules changed the turn radius of the GS skis, no one can touch him when it comes to GS. After his first run, he had a lead of 0.93 seconds…impressive for an event usually decided by hundredths of a second.
While Ted was one of the skiers to complain the loudest when FIS announced the changes, he has also been the one to capitalize the most from it. He has been winning World Cup races by unprecedented margins, and continued his domination with yesterdays Olympic Gold.
The GS Podium:
Gold: Ted Ligety (USA) (First American to win gold in the men’s giant slalom)
Silver: Steve Missillier (FRA)
Bronze: Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
Ted Ligety essentially invented a new style of skiing for GS, and has been perfecting it over the past 8 years. With exceptional edge angle, skiing with independent feet, and a drive that no one else can match Ted Ligety is currently the fastest man in GS. Learn more about Ligety’s over powering style and strength through this interactive article by The New York times.
Ted Ligety has not seen the results he had hoped for so far in these Olympics, with an 18th in the Super Combined Downhill, 8th in Super Combined Slalom, and a 14th in Super-G. But Ted knows where his strength lies, and got the job done in the GS.