Ted Ligety WINS Season Opener Giant Slalom in Austria for 3rd Year in a Row

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The US Ski Team's Ted Ligety ripping Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria.
The US Ski Team’s Ted Ligety ripping Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria.  photo:  samuel kubani/AFP

The US Ski Team’s Ted Ligety is considered the best giant slalom skier in the world.  He backed up that title by winning the season opener World Cup giant slalom race in Soelden, Austria for the 3rd year in a row.

Not only did he win, but he smoked the competition by .79 seconds over two runs.

“Pretty psyched to win this, for sure.  It wasn’t easy in that second run, super dark on the pitch. Really bumpy, but whenever you win it’s a good day.” – Ted Ligety

The US Ski Team's Ted Ligety winning Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria.
The US Ski Team’s Ted Ligety winning Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria.

This was Ted Ligety’s 18th World Cup win in his career and he’s focused on winning an overall World Cup Title.  Last year, Ted finished 3rd in the overall World Cup standings.  Not bad.

Last February, Ted Ligety was on fire at the World Championships where he was the first man in 45 years to win 3 gold medals.

The World Cup continues with a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 17.  The 1st place finisher will receive cash, points, and a Lapland Reindeer…  No seriously, they’re giving the first place skier a reindeer.

Lapland Reindeer
Lapland Reindeer

Soelden Giant Slalom Results:
1. Ted Ligety (USA) 1:59.50
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 2:00.29
3. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 2:00.52
4. Steve Missillier (FRA) 2:01.23
4. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 2:01.23
6. Markus Sandell (FIN) 2:01.32
7. Thomas Fanara (FRA) 2:01.58
8. Cyprien Richard (FRA) 2:01.66
9. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) 2:01.68
10. Philipp Schoerghofer (AUT) 2:01.80
19. Bode Miller (USA) 2:02.79
20. Tim Jitloff (USA) 2:02.81


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