SOELDEN,AUSTRIA,25.OCT.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup season opening, Rettenbachferner, giant slalom, men. Image shows Ted Ligety (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mathias Mandl

SOELDEN, Austria – In the highly anticipated giant slalom battle between Ted Ligety and last season’s title winner Marcel Hirscher, the American fired the opening salvo of the 2015-16 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season by winning the first run in Soelden by a slim 0.17-second margin over the Austrian.

Hirscher took to the course down the Rettenbach glacier first and skied a smooth and consistent run in 1:12.47. Ligety’s style was less disciplined on the pitch than Hirscher’s but he carried more speed into the lower flat – traditionally regarded as the most critical section of the course – and was able to first make up a 0.16-second deficit to Hirscher before passing his time across the finishing flats.

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Alexis Pinturault, another pre-race favorite who’s been on the Soelden podium for the past three years running, finished a surprising 1.48 seconds off Ligety in seventh behind two of his countrymen. Frenchman Thomas Fanara is third and in touch at 0.33 seconds back while teammate Victor Muffat-Jeandet sits fifth at 1.46 seconds out after the first run.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Tim Jitloff is the only other North American athlete who qualified for the second run. He’s just shy of three seconds behind Ligety in 18th. Starting with bib 62, Italian Manfred Moelgg blasted into 17th place with the biggest move in the first run. Second run is set to start at 12:45 p.m. local time.


Unofficial Results

 1 3 534562LIGETY Ted1984USA 1:12.30 1:12.30
 2 1 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 1:12.47 1:12.47 +0.17
 3 5 191750FANARA Thomas1981FRA 1:12.63 1:12.63 +0.33
 4 8 294890NANI Roberto1988ITA 1:12.93 1:12.93 +0.63
 5 7 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 1:13.76 1:13.76 +1.46
 6 6 201702NEUREUTHER Felix1984GER 1:13.77 1:13.77 +1.47
 7 4 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 1:13.78 1:13.78 +1.48
 8 2 202462DOPFER Fritz1987GER 1:14.01 1:14.01 +1.71
 9 19 202437LUITZ Stefan1992GER 1:14.29 1:14.29 +1.99
 10 18 194495FAIVRE Mathieu1992FRA 1:14.44 1:14.44 +2.14
 11 15 51007SCHOERGHOFER Philipp1983AUT 1:14.45 1:14.45 +2.15
 12 14 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 1:14.49 1:14.49 +2.19
 13 21 990048BORSOTTI Giovanni1990ITA 1:14.52 1:14.52 +2.22
 14 23 380335ZUBCIC Filip1993CRO 1:14.74 1:14.74 +2.44
 15 12 421669HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 1:14.98 1:14.98 +2.68
 16 9 292967EISATH Florian1984ITA 1:15.02 1:15.02 +2.72
 17 62 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 1:15.28 1:15.28 +2.98
 18 10 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA 1:15.29 1:15.29 +2.99
 19 25 501017MYHRER Andre1983SWE 1:15.51 1:15.51 +3.21
 20 52 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT 1:15.54 1:15.54 +3.24
 21 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:15.61 1:15.61 +3.31
 22 57 290095BALLERIN Andrea1989ITA 1:15.63 1:15.63 +3.33
 23 34 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK 1:15.66 1:15.66 +3.36
 24 17 421328SVINDAL Aksel Lund1982NOR 1:15.73 1:15.73 +3.43
 25 66 192506MISSILLIER Steve1984FRA 1:15.77 1:15.77 +3.47
 26 39 54031LEITINGER Roland1991AUT 1:15.81 1:15.81 +3.51
 27 28 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI 1:16.00 1:16.00 +3.70
 28 22 51159NOESIG Christoph1985AUT 1:16.26 1:16.26 +3.96
 29 31 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:16.45 1:16.45 +4.15
 30 29 511741ZURBRIGGEN Elia1990SUI 1:16.57 1:16.57 +4.27
 31 40 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 1:16.77 1:16.77 +4.47
 32 51 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA 1:16.78 1:16.78 +4.48
 33 47 561244KRANJEC Zan1992SLO 1:16.80 1:16.80 +4.50
 34 26 511718PLEISCH Manuel1990SUI 1:16.81 1:16.81 +4.51
 35 36 422278WINDINGSTAD Rasmus1993NOR 1:16.97 1:16.97 +4.67
 36 33 512182MEILLARD Loic1996SUI 1:17.10 1:17.10 +4.80
 36 27 292000BLARDONE Massimiliano1979ITA 1:17.10 1:17.10 +4.80
 38 24 180666TORSTI Samu1991FIN 1:17.12 1:17.12 +4.82
 39 50 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:17.14 1:17.14 +4.84
 40 30 531799FORD Tommy1989USA 1:17.18 1:17.18 +4.88
 41 63 6291430MAURBERGER Simon1995ITA 1:17.20 1:17.20 +4.90
 42 32 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:17.32 1:17.32 +5.02
 43 67 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:17.48 1:17.48 +5.18
 44 43 422073NETELAND Bjoernar1991NOR 1:17.66 1:17.66 +5.36
 45 48 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN 1:17.76 1:17.76 +5.46
 46 59 53985MATHIS Marcel1991AUT 1:17.81 1:17.81 +5.51
 47 65 194935FAVROT Thibaut1994FRA 1:17.95 1:17.95 +5.65
 48 42 6530115CHRISTIANSON Kieffer1992USA 1:18.00 1:18.00 +5.70
 49 44 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE 1:18.22 1:18.22 +5.92
 50 55 194457GALEOTTI Greg1992FRA 1:18.66 1:18.66 +6.36
 51 38 481103ANDRIENKO Aleksander1990RUS 1:18.74 1:18.74 +6.44
 52 37 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 1:19.42 1:19.42 +7.12
 53 49 304242NARITA Hideyuki1993JPN 1:19.99 1:19.99 +7.69
 54 72 491853DEL CAMPO Juan1994SPA 1:21.00 1:21.00 +8.70
 55 75 380290SAMSAL Dalibor1985HUN 1:21.32 1:21.32 +9.02
 56 73 680047BENIAIDZE Alex1991GEO 1:21.67 1:21.67 +9.37
 57 45 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA 1:22.23 1:22.23 +9.93
 58 77 690694KOVBASNYUK Ivan1993UKR 1:23.75 1:23.75 +11.45
 59 74 660021DANILOCHKIN Yuri1991BLR 1:25.78 1:25.78 +13.48
 60 78 210040TUKHTAEV Kamiljon1997UZB 1:28.29 1:28.29 +15.99
Did not finish 1st run
 76 710320LAIKERT Igor1991BIH
 71 92720POPOV Albert1997BUL
 70 30149SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier1980ARG
 69 151024KOTZMANN Adam1993CZE
 68 180705PIRINEN Eemeli1993FIN
 64 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO
 61 501903CASSMAN Anton1993SWE
 60 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA
 58 511988GENOUD Amaury1993SUI
 56 303097ISHII Tomoya1989JPN
 54 501898ROENNGREN Mattias1993SWE
 53 530758COHEE Nick1988USA
 46 180627MALMSTROM Victor1991FIN
 41 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI
 35 202597SCHMID Alexander1994GER
 20 990116DE ALIPRANDINI Luca1990ITA
 13 511852CAVIEZEL Gino1992SUI
 11 180534SANDELL Marcus1987FIN