Ted Ligety wins St. Moritz giant slalom
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety blasted through thick fog to win the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom before the Olympics by a massive 1.51 second margin over Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
Truckee High grad Tim Jitloff also made the final and finished 17th, while Bode Miller did not finish the first run.
Ligety built a 1.28-second lead on the first run, then didn’t hold back in the bumpy final to claim the wire-to-wire win, which was the 21st of his career.
Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who leads both the World Cup overall and giant slalom points, was second.
“Nice to get another good race in and confirm where I am in GS on an actual race, not just have training, and then hopefully I can carry that confidence over the next couple weeks,” Ligety said.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is Friday, Feb. 7. Ligety’s first competition is likely to be the super combined on Feb. 14.