Ligety destroys field in Kranjska Gora
Ted Ligety gave the rest of the field notice of his intentions by winning the first run and then extended his lead down the second run. This was the HEAD World Cup rebel at his outstanding best on a slope that he loves: Ligety has won in Kranjska Gora four times now. With the sun bearing down on the slope, Ligety let his skiing do the talking in terms of the race for the Giant Slalom Globe. Alexis Pinturault took second ahead of Marcel Hirscher.
Ligety could not explain how he was so fast on his first run yet hoped to have a similar run on the second. With the rest of the field chasing the speed that Ligety had demonstrated, the pressure was on the rest of the field to try and make inroads into his time. Aksel Lund Svindal posted some fast times at the top on the second run yet a damaged ski on the first run scuppered his chances he felt yet “eighth place on a bad day is not a bad result,” he explained afterwards.
The second run had started with Daniel Albrecht getting the proceedings going. This was the first time he had made the second run this season. Albrecht suffered a second run mishap that saw him drop out of contention yet the smile was back in the finish and this gave him motivation for the future he explained with a huge smile.
The race though belonged to Ted Ligety. From such a commanding lead in the first run, Ligety explained that it would be “a win or DNF type of day. I guess it was a win,” he grinned afterwards.
When asked about the race for the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe, Ligety knows that things are hard, he has a 92 point deficit to overcome in Schladming at the World Cup Finals. “Most years with 513 points that would give you the Globe,” explained Ligety. “After the last two races where things have not exactly gone to plan, this was a great way to get back on track,” he explained.
Such was the dominance of Ligety that the respect was shown by all the racers as he crossed the line. Arms were raised clapping in respect.
1. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
3. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
8. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
12. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
22. Truls Ove Karlsen (NOR) HEAD
30. Daniel Albrecht (SUI) HEAD