Ligety proved he is the best of the best today (Oct.28th) by winning this season’s first men’s FIS Giant Slalom World Cup competition in Soelden, Austria. With a time of two minutes and 36.02 seconds, put Ligety ahead of Italy’s Manfred Moelgg by a margin of 2.75 seconds, a gap that hasn’t been done since the 1970’s.
Heavy snowfall and low visibility during both of his race runs makes Ligety’s victory even more impressive. “ It was super bumpy and you couldn’t see anything,” said Ligety to Ski Racing Magazine. “I ski a little rounder than most and I think that helped me which is a bit weird. I was going all out on the full second run taking more risks than was probably smart.”
Ligety knew that taking risks is what he needed to do to overcome the poor weather conditions and on the new 35-meter GS skis, dimensions that are being used for the first time this year, the risk was even higher. Skiing Magazine had the chance to talk with Ligety before is races in Soelden, he told the magazine “There has definitely been an adjustment period getting used to the new skis. They are harder to turn and take more energy, but I've adjusted my set up around that and now they feel really good as long as the snow is hard and the course isn't crazy turny.” The snow wasn’t hard and the course was a little crazy, but Ligety is a true competitor and didn’t let the poor conditions get the best of him.
Congratulations Ted Ligety on your first win of the season!
Click here to read Ski Racing Magazines full article: http://www.skiracing.com/?q=node%2F20261
Click here is watch his two amazing runs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouQWNvTX2q0