Ligety wins 3rd straight World Cup GS

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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