Ligety leads first run in Soelden


Ted LigetySOELDEN, Austria –  The men’s World Cup season has officially begun with the first run of a giant slalom race in Soelden, Austria. And so far this season looks a lot like the last with American Ted Ligety ruling the GS course.

Ligety was .18 seconds faster than any challenger in the first run on a bitter cold, cloudless morning atop a hill that recently became the U.S. Ski Team’s European training base for the next threes season.

Swiss Carlo Janka was the first out of the gate but now trails Ligety in second position. Austria’s own Philipp Schoerghofer stands third .21 seconds behind. France’s Alexis Pinturault really improved on his 20 bib, jumping to the fourth position with excellent gliding in the bottom flat section.

A large collection of seven U.S. racers followed Ligety down the course. Only Bode Miller (tied in 16th) was able to qualify for the 30-man second run. American Warner Nickerson just missed the second-run cut off in 32nd, 2.84 seconds behind the leader. Tim Jitloff landed 35, 3.25 seconds off the pace. Both Tommy Ford and Colby Grandstrom failed to finish the first run.

The second run begins at 12:45 local time (6:45 EST). Click here to watch the results come in live.

Image by Gepa

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (PARTIAL)

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time
 1  2  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:08.45    1:08.45
 2  1  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:08.63    1:08.63
 3  4  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp  1983  AUT   1:08.66    1:08.66
 4  20  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   1:08.76    1:08.76
 5  9  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:08.96    1:08.96
 6  3  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:09.12    1:09.12
 7  7  191423 RICHARD Cyprien  1979  FRA   1:09.17    1:09.17
 8  6  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:09.19    1:09.19
 9  5  191750 FANARA Thomas  1981  FRA   1:09.52    1:09.52
 10  16  292120 SIMONCELLI Davide  1979  ITA   1:09.59    1:09.59
 11  13  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:09.61    1:09.61
 12  8  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT   1:09.83    1:09.83
 13  17  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   1:09.86    1:09.86
 14  22  180534 SANDELL Marcus  1987  FIN   1:09.96    1:09.96
 15  11  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA   1:10.00    1:10.00
 16  21  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:10.02    1:10.02
 16  19  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   1:10.02    1:10.02
 18  15  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:10.15    1:10.15
 19  12  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:10.34    1:10.34
 20  25  290693 PLONER Alexander  1978  ITA   1:10.36    1:10.36
 21  24  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   1:10.37    1:10.37
 22  14  292000 BLARDONE Massimiliano  1979  ITA   1:10.44    1:10.44
 23  18  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   1:10.48    1:10.48
 24  37  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni  1990  ITA   1:10.49    1:10.49
 25  10  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:10.50    1:10.50
 26  23  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:10.83    1:10.83
 27  39  180251 PALANDER Kalle  1977  FIN   1:10.93    1:10.93
 28  32  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:11.01    1:11.01
 29  44  421859 NILSEN Markus  1989  NOR   1:11.09    1:11.09
 30  29  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   1:11.18    1:11.18
 31  30  292250 SCHIEPPATI Alberto  1981  ITA   1:11.25    1:11.25
 32  36  534038 NICKERSON Warner  1981  USA   1:11.29    1:11.29
 33  45  51159 NOESIG Christoph  1985  AUT   1:11.39    1:11.39
 34  26  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR   1:11.47    1:11.47
 35  38  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA   1:11.60    1:11.60
 36  33  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:11.88    1:11.88
 37  31  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:11.94    1:11.94
 38  28  510993 ALBRECHT Daniel  1983  SUI   1:12.02    1:12.02
 39  43  292967 EISATH Florian  1984  ITA   1:12.29    1:12.29
 40  41  930107 GREGORAK Will  1990  USA   1:12.64    1:12.64
 41  40  192653 FREY Thomas  1984  FRA   1:12.65    1:12.65
 42  34  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:14.04    1:14.04

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