Ted Ligety captured the 20th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of his career with a stunning super combined victory to open the 84th Lauberhorn races in Wengen. (Getty Images/AFP - Fabrice Coffrini)
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 17) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) captured the 20th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory of his career Friday with a stunning super combined victory in Wengen. Ligety is the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in combined and the reigning World Champion in super combined, but until today had not won a World Cup race in any dicipline other than giant slalom. To make the historic victory even more memorable, the race was run in a reverse format with the slalom portion being staged before the downhill. The race, which opened the 84th Lauberhorn races in Wengen, will re broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on Universal Sports Network.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the 20th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of his career with a super combined victory in Wengen.
It was the first World Cup win for Ligety in a discipline other than giant slalom.
He is the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in combined, which paired one run of downhill and two runs of slalom and he is the 2013 World Champion in super combined.
It was Ligety's third World Cup win of the season and bumped him back into third in the overall World Cup standings.
Another super combined will be staged next Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria to open the Hahnenkamm weekend.
Overnight snow forced the jury to flip the race format with the slalom portion being staged before the downhill.
Ligety, who ran bib one, was second after the slalom, 1.22 seconds behind Alexis Pinturault of France and finished 13th in the downhill to overtake Pinturault for the win.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) finished ninth and Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) 20th, for the first World Cup points of his young career.
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 28th and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) returned to the World Cup for the first time since last February, but he went out in slalom.
The race opened the 84th Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen featuring a downhill Saturday and slalom on Sunday.
QUOTES Ted Ligety It’s nice to win a super combined finally. I’ve only done so in big events, which is a nice thing to do, but it would have been good to win a World Cup before now. To get this win is a nice confidence booster and feels really good because January has been a rough month for me. It’s nice that I can turn the corner on that one.
There was a lot of snowfall, but they groomed the track so it was not the greatest snow on the downhill, but I feel lucky that we had good light. In downhill if I don't feel confident enough to go hard so I let myself go slow so I could see where I was going.
The main goal for Sochi is definitely the giant slalom. It’s my best event and I feel like I have the best chance of winning. But I know I have good chances, especially after Schladming, of competing well in combined and super G as well. So those are obviously my focuses. I think it’s going to be difficult to do what I did in Schladming, but I still think that I can get medals in those other events. So, I’m looking forward to that challenge.