Ted Ligety, shown cresting the final face, finally got his win on the classic Chuenisbärgli GS course in Adelboden. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 12) - Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finally got the win that had eluded him, taking a victory on the Chuenisbärgli GS in Adelboden. Ligety claimed the win after first run leader Marcel Hirscher went out near the bottom of the second run while in the lead. Universal Sports TV will air coverage at 9 p.m. EST. Ligety will also be featured in the debut of U.S. Ski Team 36 on NBC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EST.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) extended his Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom lead with a win in Adelboden.
Austria's Marcel Hirscher, the first run leader, appeared to be well on his way to the win when a mistake on the final face knocked him down to 16th.
It was Ligety's first career victory on the Chuenisbärgli. It also matched the great Italian Alberto Tomba's 15 giant slalom wins.
Ligety is now third in the Audi FIS World Cup overall standings, just 103 points behind leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria. Ligety leads Hirscher by 125 in the overall.
Robby Kelley (Starksboro, VT) was 23rd for his first World Cup points. Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City) made the second run but went out.
Action continues Sunday with a slalom.
Universal Sports TV will provde same-day coverage from Adelboden at 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Ligety will be featured Sunday in the NBC debut of U.S. Ski Team 36 at 3:30 p.m. EST.
QUOTES Ted Ligety Today I was really lucky - Marcel Hirscher won this race today. But I'll take it as I've given him some of those gifts in the past. This has been a tough course for me in my career so I'm happy to get the win. The second run was so dark and this hill is so tiring. I was lucky to have a little bit of reserve strength.
It's the only classic GS I haven't won, so it's nice to get it. It's cool in finally having your name on that list.
(on matching Alberto Tomba's 15 giant slalom wins) "That's a cool feeling. He was one of my childhood heroes. I grew up watching World Cup ski racing and following it. It's cool to be able to have your name part of that history.
Adelboden's a tough hill and has it's own unique challenges - the terrain, the flats, the steeps, the sidehills, the rolls - and also a very difficult course set the second run. The coursesetter challenged the athletes and Ted executed.
In the second run, Ted was aggressive in the sections he could and where he had to be tactically smart he did a good job, especially coming into the pitch he made an unbelievable move to really take it down the fall line to put some time onto the field.
Robby and Brennan did a great job making the flip - to qualify in Adelboden is a great credit to those guys.