Ted Ligety was fourth in the Adelboden giant slalom and retained his World Cup GS lead as Austria's Marcel Hirscher took the win (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alain Grosclaude)
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 7) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was fourth in the classic Adelboden giant slalom Saturday to retain his discipline lead and jump to third in the overall standings. Marcel Hirscher of Austria won for the second straight race to boost his Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead. American Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was 20th as varied snow conditions and sleet made for an extremely challenging second run.
Ted Ligety was fourth, missing the podium by .04, yet retained his World Cup GS lead
Ligety was second in the first run, but couldn't reel back the time after a small mistake in the second
Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the race and boosted his lead in the overall standings
Ligety jumped to third in the overall behind Hirscher and Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal
Tim Jitloff was 20th for his third consecutive points scoring GS race
Spitting rain and snow and varied snow conditions made for a challenging second run
Bode Miller, Tommy Ford, Will Gregorak and Tommy Biesemeyer did not finish the first run
A slalom is set for Sunday in Adelboden
QUOTES Sasha Rearick - men's Head Coach Ted was skiing pretty good - enough to win - then he got shook by a bump right by the road and he had to bring direction right there, but his body was going the other way. He just couldn't put the hammer down after that. Missing the podium by .04 was really tough.
Jitloff is skiing great right now. I can't wait to get that kid into some super combined so he can really show some speed.
Considering the weather, the hill prep was really good but it was very different from top to bottom. The top was good snow and the middle as grippy winter snow and that held up. Then from the slalom start to the top of the pitch it was injected and slick followed by spring snow at the bottom at the bottom.
The second run the weather was really sloppy, it was spitting snow, then rain, then snow again. It was interesting.
TV Universal Sports will air the race at 2 and 11 p.m. on its 24-hour TV network