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Ligety's win in Beaver Creek's second GS crowns him as the winningest GS skier in U.S. History


Ted LigetyBEAVER CREEK – Ted Ligety wasn’t happy being second to Marcel Hirscher on Sunday so he took it to the Austrian today (Dec. 6), winning his second giant slalom of the season with a brilliant run down the Birds of Prey course. Ligety, who had been fourth in the first run, blistered the second to win the race by 0.69 seconds.

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud took the third spot while the first run leader, France’s Alexis Pinturault made several small mistakes and faded to fourth.
“I made some bobbles,” said Ligety of his second run, “but I was on the edge. If I skied like that again I would not make it to the finish line most times.”

With today’s win, Ligety has the most giant slalom wins of any U.S. Racer, taking the lead from Phil Mahre and his teammate, Bode Miller

For the head coach, Sash Rearick, it was vintage Ligety.

“Ted, the master, separated himself out again. First run didn’t quite have the separation he thought, and I was just laughing because we all know that Ted hates to lose and being fourth by a couple of hundies, we got to see what he can really do,” Rearick said with a grin.

It was a good day for the U.S. as Tim Jitloff put down a strong second run to move from 21st to 10th, overcoming Sunday’s frustration when he tangled with a panel four gates from the finish and took himself out of the race. Jitloff, who lead the race for ten racers, said he “liked being in the hot seat again.” He had lead at Beaver Creek once before.

It was a good day for Tommy Ford as well. Ford put in a solid first run to get to the top thirty and then laid down the fifth fastest second run trip.

“I was really stoked with Tommy Ford and Tim Jitloff” Rearick added. “Tommy was tired, he did the downhill, did the super G and did the GS the other day. He was running out of gas. The first run he didn’t quite move. Second run he did a great job of getting refueled, nutritionally and then mental toughness, he came out it was just all mental, he came out and just charged it, moved on his skis.”

Bode Miller could not find speed and wound up 29th and not happy with his ski setup. Still for the USA it was a solid day with four in the top 30. — G.B.

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The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 6, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Ligety, Head/Head/Head
2 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
4 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
7 Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/
8 Richard, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Simoncelli, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Jitloff, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Beaver Creek, Colo.,  Dec. 6, 2011
. … It is the seventh race of the men’s 45 race 2011-12 World Cup schedule.  … It is the third of nine scheduled GS’s. … The fourth of six races now set for Beaver Creek and the second men’s GS at Beaver Creek in three days. … It is a rescheduled race from Val d’Isere, France originally slated for Dec. 11 and moved due to a lack of snow. … It is the first of two Val d’Isere races moved to Beaver Creek. … It is the 45th Cup race hosted by Beaver Creek. … the tenth GS.

It is the tenth career World Cup win for Ted Ligety. … all in GS. … It is his second win of the season. … It is his second win and sixth Cup podium at Beaver Creek. … He ranks fourth among American men, two behind Daron Rahlves. … He has won more GS races than any other American ski racer in World Cup history. … It is the 230th US Cup win. … and seventh of the season.

It is the 15th career Cup podium result for Marcel Hirscher. … his second of the season having previously won the GS at Beaver Creek Dec. 4.

It is the sixth career Cup podium result for Kjetil Jansrud, all in GS. … He has never won a Cup race. … It is his sixth score of the season.

It is the third career Cup podium for Tim Jitloff and second in GS. … Jean-Philippe Roy matches his eighth best career finish. … It is the second best career Cup result for Tommy Ford, his best an 11th scored at Hinterstoder last season. … It is the 228th career scoring result for Bode Miller.

Aksel Lund Svindal (sixth in race) leads the World Cup overall standings 334-289 over Ligety. … Didier Cuche (23rd in race) is third overall with 268pts. … Jan Hudec (did not race) leads the Canadians in 18th with 96pts. … Ligety leads the Cup GS standings 280-220 over Hirscher. … Alexis Pinturault (4th in race) is third with 159pts. … Roy leads Canadians in 17th place with 39pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup standings 1165-943 over Switzerland. … France is third with 719pts, the US fourth with 614 and Canada seventh with 292pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  7  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:20.42  1:19.59  2:40.01  0.00
 2  15  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT   1:20.39  1:20.31  2:40.70  3.75
 3  2  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:20.78  1:20.01  2:40.79  4.24
 4  13  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   1:20.28  1:20.63  2:40.91  4.89
 5  16  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:20.80  1:20.16  2:40.96  5.17
 6  1  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:20.41  1:20.78  2:41.19  6.42
 7  14  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   1:20.79  1:20.79  2:41.58  8.54
 8  5  191423 RICHARD Cyprien  1979  FRA   1:20.85  1:20.77  2:41.62  8.75
 9  19  292120 SIMONCELLI Davide  1979  ITA   1:21.20  1:20.61  2:41.81  9.79
 10  37  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA   1:21.57  1:20.39  2:41.96  10.60
 10  3  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp  1983  AUT   1:20.87  1:21.09  2:41.96  10.60
 12  9  180534 SANDELL Marcus  1987  FIN   1:21.18  1:21.03  2:42.21  11.96
 13  46  101895 ROY Jean-Philippe  1979  CAN   1:21.69  1:20.66  2:42.35  12.72
 14  4  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:21.05  1:21.33  2:42.38  12.89
 15  36  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA   1:22.04  1:20.36  2:42.40  12.99
 16  12  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:21.23  1:21.23  2:42.46  13.32
 17  31  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:21.64  1:20.83  2:42.47  13.38
 18  11  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:21.45  1:21.05  2:42.50  13.54
 19  17  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:21.71  1:20.84  2:42.55  13.81
 20  41  292967 EISATH Florian  1984  ITA   1:21.97  1:20.63  2:42.60  14.08
 21  33  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA   1:20.97  1:21.64  2:42.61  14.14
 22  21  501324 OLSSON Matts  1988  SWE   1:21.35  1:21.33  2:42.68  14.52
 23  10  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:21.39  1:21.41  2:42.80  15.17
 24  52  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA   1:22.08  1:20.90  2:42.98  16.15
 25  23  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   1:22.06  1:20.96  2:43.02  16.37
 26  6  191750 FANARA Thomas  1981  FRA   1:21.30  1:21.85  2:43.15  17.07
 27  47  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   1:21.57  1:21.74  2:43.31  17.94
 28  35  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:22.12  1:21.33  2:43.45  18.70
 29  18  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:22.03  1:21.56  2:43.59  19.47
 30  50  51401 GRAF Bernhard  1988  AUT   1:22.12  1:27.66  2:49.78  53.12
Disqualified 1st run
   27  420148 KARLSEN Truls Ove  1975  NOR         
   25  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR         
Did not start 1st run
   44  51159 NOESIG Christoph  1985  AUT         
Did not qualify 1st run
   60  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO         
   59  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   58  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT         
   56  534507 CHRISTIANSON Charles  1984  USA         
   55  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN         
   54  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA         
   53  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA         
   48  102961 DIXON Robbie  1985  CAN         
   43  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto  1992  SUI         
   39  930107 GREGORAK Will  1990  USA         
   38  192653 FREY Thomas  1984  FRA         
   34  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA         
   32  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI         
   30  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni  1990  ITA         
   28  290693 PLONER Alexander  1978  ITA         
   26  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI         
   22  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA         
   20  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   8  292000 BLARDONE Massimiliano  1979  ITA         
Did not finish 1st run
   61  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO         
   57  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA         
   51  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA         
   49  191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA         
   45  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE         
   42  421859 NILSEN Markus  1989  NOR         
   40  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR         
   29  510993 ALBRECHT Daniel  1983  SUI         
   24  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE         

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