World Cup skiing | Ligety wins Bird of Prey GS; Tim Jitloff 10th
December 7, 2011
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. and#8212; Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety stormed from behind Tuesday to win the second Audi Birds of Prey GS in Beaver Creek.
Ligety posted a winning two-run combined time of 2:40.01 to edge Austrian Marcel Hirscherand#8217;s 2:40.70.
Truckee High grad Tim Jitloff finished 10th in a time of 2:41.96, Tommy Ford was 15th and Bode Miller 29th as four Americans landed in the top 30.
and#8220;I felt really good and this was a good result for me,and#8221; said Jitloff. and#8220;I wanted to be in the top 10 and I did that. Itand#8217;s always a positive sign when you see the green light after crossing the finish line.and#8221;
Jitloff said the conditions on the Beaver Creek course were ideal for racing, allowing him to ski confidently.
and#8220;The snow was totally pristine and perfect. I knew that I could do whatever I wanted to do on snow like this,and#8221; Jitloff said.
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For Ligety, it was his second win in three GS races and vaulted him into second in the overall World Cup standings. After sitting fourth with a .14 deficit in the first run, Ligety won the second run by .72 for the 10th victory of his career and second in Beaver Creek.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s really hard to come from behind with that kind of pressure and win, especially in snow like this,and#8221; Ligety said. and#8220;I donand#8217;t think I could have done much more than I did on my second run. It was pushing the line harder than I have all season.and#8221;
In 13 World Cup races this season, the U.S. Ski Team has combined for 10 podium finishes, including seven victories.
World Cup women will take their first race runs on the famed Birds of Prey track Wednesday with a super G, featuring local hero Lindsey Vonn, who enters after sweeping three World Cup races last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.