Ligety cruises to giant slalom win
Sat, 11 Dec 09:03:00 2010
New equipment and hard physical training paid dividends for Ted Ligety when he won his second giant slalom of the World Cup season.
Ligety finished more than a second ahead of Norwegian Olympic champion Aksel-Lund Svindal, who has switched to the same ski manufacturer as the American this season.
Svindal changed from Atomic to Head while Ligety has chosen the Swedish ski-maker ahead of Rossignol.
"I trained hard physically and also took a lot of time to test my skis," Ligety said. "The confidence is there and as a result, I managed to ski four nearly perfect runs in Beaver Creek and here.
"It's a surprising day for sure. It's the hardest race I had for a long time and to make it down and win with such a gap is just amazing.
"The key here is just not to make mistakes and to push hard. If you charge on, you have a chance to win."
The win on the steep Bellevarde piste was Ligety's seventh World Cup victory in his favourite event.
Confirmation that equipment alone is not sufficient was given by Ligety's compatriot Bode Miller, another Head skier, who failed to finish the morning leg.
Local favourite Jean-Baptiste Grange disappointed the home fans when he missed a gate early in the first leg. A winner in the first slalom of the season in the Finnish resort of Levi a month ago, the Frenchman will be among the favourites on Sunday on the course which was the site of the last World Championships.