Ligety wins 3rd straight World Cup GS
ALTA BADIA: Hermann Maier, Ingemar Stenmark, Michael von Gruenigen, Ted Ligety. Ted Ligety?
Yes, Ted Ligety. The 26year-old Park City, Utah, skier raced to his third straight World Cup giant slalom victory Sunday, matching a feat last accomplished by Maier 10 seasons ago. Stenmark (1979) and von Gruenigen (1995) are the only other skiers to open a season with three straight giant slalom victories.
Sweeter still for Ligety, he mastered the steep Gran Risa - the gold standard in the giant slalom. "I'm so happy. It was always my dream to win here on such a classic course," Ligety said. "This is the premier GS hill on the World Cup tour without a doubt." Ligety joined an Alta Badia winners' roll that started with Swedish star Stenmark 25 seasons ago. Alberto Tomba, the irrepressible Italian, inscribed his name four times, and Bode Miller did it in 2002.
"Tomba has won here ... and all the big names. It's cool to be on that list of guys, for sure," said Ligety, who also took the lead in the World Cup overall standings.
Ligety has eight career World Cup victories, all in giant slalom. His big victories the past two weekends in Beaver Creek, Colo., and Val d'Isere, France, ensured a buzz in the freezing Italian Dolomite mountains resort when Ligety came out of the starting gate. -Afp