Americans Ligety and Vonn Sweep Podium in Soelden

Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety took home first in GS at the Audi FIS World Cup openers in Soelden, Austria.
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The toughest giant slalom course on the Alpine World Cup was no match for speed-demon Lindesy Vonn—she picked up her first career win to open the 2011-2012 season.

Vonn said “I was very nervous today prior the race and I spoke a long time with my coaches. I was just afraid I was going to ski like a wimp.”

Her victory in GS completed a sweep of World Cup wins in all five disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super G, and combined. “It has always been a goal for me to win in all five disciplines and I’m very proud to have achieved it. It means a lot! I have worked really hard to be fast in all events so it is great to see that my work has paid off,” Vonn said. This was also her 42nd career World Cup win.

The following day, the U.S. came out on top again: Ted Ligety matched Vonn’s win in GS, defending his title and notching his third World Cup GS win—a hat trick for Ligety in Soelden.

Ligety said “you never really know what's going to happen. I was skiing fast in training, but that really doesn't count for anything until you actually do it in a race. So to finally get prove how fast you are skiing is an added bonus that goes along with winning the first race of the year.”

The wins by Vonn Saturday and Ligety Sunday gave the Team a sweep on the Rettenbach Glacier in the Soelden/Hochgurgl/Obergurgl region which was named as the U.S. Ski Team's European Training Base just a week earlier. The Team now heads for training in Colorado including the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper and the First Tracks Alpine Team Announcement presented by Nature Valley at Vail Saturday, Nov. 5.

For photos from the races, click here.