January 28, 2007
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA – (USST News Bureau Release) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) took advantage of an early second-run start Sunday to put down the second-fastest run and move up 20 places to finish seventh in a World Cup slalom. Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) failed to finish his second run.
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Swede Jens Byggmark, who won his first World Cup Saturday, was sixth in the first run but made it two wins in 24 hours with a two-run time of 1:44.20. Mario Matt of Austria was second (1:42.23) with Ligety’s time 1:44.78 after finishing 27th in the opening run. Miller missed a gate at the bottom, a few gates from the finish of his second run.
“It’s nice to finally lay down a good run. I wasn’t finding my edge early, but a couple of days ago I found a pair of skis that were just what I wanted,” said Ligety, who had his best race since he was second Dec. 18 in a slalom in Alta Badia, Italy.
“It’s a big advantage when you ski early in the second run. I got a good course and I looked at a lot of guys losing tons of time on the bottom as things changed in the sun,” Ligety added. “I’ve been unlucky in other races in the second run (of SL or super combined SL), so this is nice.
“It’s always good to lay down a run like you know you can.”
However, Coach Mike Morin said, “Slalom’s been a struggle for us. The guys are working hard, skiing so well in training, so we’re not going to change because we feel it’s the right approach…but we need to get back some confidence. They need to bring it into the races. Ted was firing, as usual, though, and one in the top 10 is a start back for us…
“Three out of four guys in a row went out where Bode went out at the bottom,” Morin said. “The light went flat, there was a roll and when the sun went down, it was tricky. Bode and the guy after Bode on that second run went out there. So, people got on the radio, called back a course report for the rest of the skiers and that was it for that spot. Bode had a good run underway, and it could have been a nice confidence boost, but…”
The two slaloms were held in Kitzbuehel on the 67th Hahnenkamm Weekend when a lack of snow forced cancellation of a super G and the fabled downhill. Saturday’s slalom was a pickup from Wengen, Switzerland.
The men move on to Schladming for the annual night slalom Tuesday before heading to ?…re for the World Alpine Ski Championships, which open Saturday with men’s super G. Schladming will be video steamed live by WCSN.com at 11:45 a.m. ET.
For complete results: www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=22084.