Ligety gets first win at Adelboden as Hirscher falters


Ted Ligety had never won at Adelboden. The record book will show that he won the 2013 edition. He’s not so sure.

“Marcel Hirscher won this race today,” he said from the finish. “I got lucky, and I guess I’ll take it.”

To no one’s surprise the race for victory was between Hirscher and Ligety. Those two, and Alexis Pinturault, have accounted for every GS win this season and they were more than a second up on the rest of the field after the first run.

Hirscher, the first run winner and final man down the hill, had built a big lead over Ligety in the second heat. He was .17 ahead at the start and worked that margin up, first to .56, then to .75 and then to 1.09seconds. It seemed he was skiing faster than possible and perhaps he was for he ran into major trouble, double fisting a gate while airborne, and then driving through a gate on the final pitch. Horizonal on the snow, he still made his ski carve enough to stay on the snow and get a finish, though it was well back in 16th place.

It was Germans sharing Ligety’s podium, Fritz Dopfer in second and Felix Neureuther – his with the fastest second run time of the day – in third.

Ligety, himself, ran into some difficulty at about the same spot as Hirscher. “It was so dark and bumpy in there. I just had enough reserve strength to stay on my feet.”

On this day he needed that bit of his deep arsenal to win. It appears the rest of the World Cup, at least Hirscher, has begun to catch up to the advantage Ligety has demonstrated with his comfort on the new GS skis. His winning margin, 1.15seconds, will seem to prove his early season domination continued at Adelboden.

Hirscher said he was glad to see that his hard work was paying off, but said, “Today I crossed the border, unfortunately. … and I have been punished for it. I was about to win, but now I cannot even buy a sausage roll.”

After concerns about a heavy snowfall on Thursday and Friday, Saturday (Jan. 12) dawned bright and sunny with virtually no wind, making for a perfect day for racing. The track, the famed Chuenisbaergli, held up reasonably well, but both course sets proved challenging on what some regard as the most difficult GS hill in the world. Hirscher was not the only race to get airborne. The steep finish pitch into the stadium proved problematic for many.

Manuel Moelgg, a tactian if ever there was one, was one of few to gain time on that stadium approach. He had the second fastest second run time to finish fourth. The always amazing Ivica Kostelic used a great first run to get his best GS finish since last season’s October opener in fifth.

World Cup overall leader Aksel Lund Svindal notched his third sixth place GS finish of the season.

Robby Kelley was the only other American to finish both runs in 23rd place for the first World Cup score of his career.

Brennan Rubie made it to the second run, but didn’t last long, hitting his hip to the snow on the first pitch and skiing out.

Tommy Ford crashed out in the first run and Tim Jitloff was rolling along with a top 10 first run time when he seemed to run out of gas, struggling down the final pitch and dropping well back to finish 25th. Eight skiers later he was bumped out of the flip 30.

The embattled Swiss men’s team had three young racers making their first World Cup starts. The loyal Swiss fans got one bit of solace as Gino Caviezel got a second run from the 52nd start and then, fueled by the crowd, finished 11th with the fourth fastest second run of the day.

Gepa photo

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Adelboden, Switzerland, Jan. 12, 2013
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Ligety, Head/Head/Head
2 Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
3 Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
4 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
6 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
7 Schoerghofer, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
8 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Sandell, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10 Simoncelli, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Adelboden, Switzerland, Jan 12, 2013
… It is the 35th of 73 races on the 2012-13 World Cup calendar. … The 17th of the men’s 36 race schedule and the fifth of eight GS’s. … It is the 51st Cup race hosted by Adelboden, the 41st GS. … Adelboden hosted a Cup race in the inaugural
season.

It is the 15th career World Cup win for Ted Ligety. … all in GS. … He is fifth all-time among US skiers. … He matches Alberto Tomba for fifth all-time (both genders) for GS wins. … It is the 253rd US Cup win. … It is his fourth win of the season to lead the US team. … It is his first career win at Adelboden, though he did place second – in slalom – in 2006.

It is a career best finish for Fritz Dopfer and this third career World Cup podium. …  his second in GS. …It is his eighth score of the season.

It is the 18th career World Cup podium result for Felix Neureuther. … but his first in GS. … It is his fourth podium of the season. … His best previous GS result had been fourth scored at Val d’Isere earlier this season (Dec. 9).

Robby Kelley scores his first World Cup points in 23rd. … It was his sixth World Cup start, all coming this season.

Marcel Hirscher (16th in race) holds the lead of the World Cup overall standings 755-729 over Aksel Lund Svindal (sixth in race). … Ligety is third overall with 652pts. … Erik Guay (did not race) leads the Canadians in 18th place with 189pts. … Ligety leads the Giant Slalom standings 460-335 pver Hirscher. … Manfred Moelgg (fourth in race) is third with 212pts. … Jean-Philippe Roy is top Canadian in 38th with 14pts. … Austrian leads the men’s Nations Cup 2765-1981 over Italy. … France is third with 1505. … The US is fifth with 1071pts and Canada eighth with 434pts.

Adelboden (SUI)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Giant Slalom
Jan. 12, 2013

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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  4  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:14.39  1:14.28  2:28.67  0.00
 2  11  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   1:15.73  1:14.09  2:29.82  6.88
 3  17  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   1:15.85  1:14.06  2:29.91  7.42
 4  6  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   1:16.17  1:14.07  2:30.24  9.40
 5  16  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:15.65  1:14.75  2:30.40  10.36
 6  12  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:15.47  1:15.06  2:30.53  11.13
 7  14  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp  1983  AUT   1:16.17  1:14.65  2:30.82  12.87
 8  13  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:16.02  1:14.94  2:30.96  13.71
 9  19  180534 SANDELL Marcus  1987  FIN   1:16.34  1:14.69  2:31.03  14.13
 10  9  292120 SIMONCELLI Davide  1979  ITA   1:16.74  1:14.36  2:31.10  14.55
 11  52  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino  1992  SUI   1:17.06  1:14.15  2:31.21  15.21
 12  35  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu  1992  FRA   1:16.47  1:14.89  2:31.36  16.10
 13  22  501324 OLSSON Matts  1988  SWE   1:16.18  1:15.19  2:31.37 ass="print0" style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #ffffff; vertical-align: top;" align="right"> 16.16
 14  3  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   1:15.59  1:15.95  2:31.54  17.18
 15  8  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:16.06  1:15.56  2:31.62  17.66
 16  1  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT   1:14.22  1:17.45  2:31.67  17.96
 17  54  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA   1:17.15  1:14.58  2:31.73  18.32
 18  30  292967 EISATH Florian  1984  ITA   1:17.44  1:14.46  2:31.90  19.34
 19  28  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR   1:16.66  1:15.40  2:32.06  20.29
 20  21  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   1:17.01  1:15.28  2:32.29  21.67
 21  53  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   1:17.48  1:15.25  2:32.73  24.30
 22  31  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   1:16.94  1:15.98  2:32.92  25.44
 23  44  930160 KELLEY Robby  1990  USA   1:17.18  1:15.78  2:32.96  25.68
 24  15  191423 RICHARD Cyprien  1979  FRA   1:16.28  1:18.74  2:35.02  38.01
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   65  700879 ZAMPA Andreas  1993  SVK         
   63  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   57  191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA         
   51  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE         
   50  180666 TORSTI Samu  1991  FIN         
   49  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik  1994  NOR         
   48  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK         
   46  101895 ROY Jean-Philippe  1979  CAN         
   45  103676 BROWN Philip  1991  CAN         
   42  481006 ZUEV Stepan  1988  RUS         
   41  103729 READ Erik  1991  CAN         
   40  511638 TUMLER Thomas  1989  SUI         
   39  192653 FREY Thomas  1984  FRA         
   37  561032 JAZBEC Janez  1984  SLO         
   36  501458 LINDH Calle  1990  SWE         
   34  481148 MAYTAKOV Sergei  1990  RUS         
   29  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA         
   27  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA         
   25  51159 NOESIG Christoph  1985  AUT         
   20  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI         
   10  53985 MATHIS Marcel  1991  AUT         
Did not finish 2nd run
   33  934568 RUBIE Brennan  1991  USA         
   23  202437 LUITZ Stefan  1992  GER         
   18  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT         
   7  292000 BLARDONE Massimiliano  1979  ITA         
   5  191750 FANARA Thomas  1981  FRA         
   2  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT         
Did not finish 1st run
   64  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor  1985  CRO         
   62  54063 FELLER Manuel  1992  AUT         
   61  511741 ZURBRIGGEN Elia  1990  SUI         
   60  202265 STAUBITZER Benedikt  1990  GER         
   59  990051 BOSCA Giulio  1990  ITA         
   58  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT         
   56  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN         
   55  294890 NANI Roberto  1988  ITA         
   47  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA         
   43  511718 PLEISCH Manuel  1990  SUI         
   38  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca  1990  ITA         
   32  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA         
   26  420148 KARLSEN Truls Ove  1975  NOR         
   24  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI 

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