Ligety recovers to take third in Val d’Isere Giant Slalom
Fortune favours the brave so the saying goes and Ted Ligety so nearly pulled off a remarkable backs to the wall win but had to settle for third after a remarkable second run from young German Stefan Luitz who placed second behind Marcel Hirscher.
HEAD World Cup Rebel Ligety so nearly pulled the comeback out of the hate after needing to go for it after a mistake ridden first run. The advantage he had on Luitz, who was already in the finish area, after the first run was significant, just over a second. Ligety was going for the overall win and his deficit to first run leader Hirscher was significant and he needed to put down a challenge to those following him.
Little mistakes cost time and Ligety had to wait for the remaining five racers and he slotted in to second place, just a quarter of a second off the lead. By the time the last two racers came down, Ligety was still in the race for a podium place. Pinturault crashed out three games from home and this secured Ligety’s third podium of the Giant Slalom season and he retained the lead in the Giant Slalom World Cup despite Hirscher winning.
The new snow and the awkward course setting had caused many of the racers to show dismay but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. After the race Ligety, who admits he is not a great fan of the Val d’Isere slope, said: "I don't like this course which is against my philosophy of giant slalom. It was ugly skiing but it was good enough to be on the podium,"
While the tight course may not have been to many racers liking, the strength of Aksel Lund Svindal meant that he managed to retain the lead in the Overall of Globe just ahead of Ligety. Svindal placed sixth.
Marcel Mathis managed to recover from a disappointing first run to place eighth. Young French HEAD World Cup Rebel, Mathieu Faivre, produced a great second run going first to pull himself up to 18th overall.
1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
2. Stefan Luitz (GER)
3. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
8. Marcel Mathis (AUT) HEAD
15. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
16. Truls Ove Karlsen (NOR) HEAD
18. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD