American Ted Ligety picked a marquee event to win his first-ever super-G at any level. The Park City resident won gold at the F.I.S. Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria, on Wednesday, finishing ahead of France’s Gautier De Tessieres and pre-race favorite Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. The giant slalom specialist, who leads in World Cup points in GS, used his technical skills to pick up time on the steeper lower section of the course.
“I thought actually I had a good chance here because my super-G is going well,” said Ligety, who finished sixth in the prestigious Hahnenkamm super-G at the Kitzbuhel World Cup, according to Ussa.com. “But knowing this hill, I knew it would be good for someone like me who is more of a GS type skier. The bottom I knew I could make up time…it suited my technique.”
It’s is Ligety’s third World Champs medal, earning a GS gold in 2011 and bronze in 2009. It’s also the first super-G gold for an American male at the World Championships since Bode Miller in 2005 and Daron Rahlves in 2001.
Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso scored a bronze medal in Tuesday’s super-G World Champs at Schladming. Despite teammate Lindsey Vonn’s unnerving crash on the foggy course, Mancuso prevailed to earn her fifth World Champs medal.
“I think that might’ve been one of the most difficult races I’ve ever been in,” Mancuso told Ussa.com. “It was a really long course and a lot of hurry up and wait. But to finish on the podium is kind of all you can ask for.”
She finished behind F.I.S. Alpine World Cup overall and super-G points leader Tina Maze of Slovenia and former POWDER Drafter/Young Blood Lara Gut of Switzerland.
You can watch a replay of Ligety’s winning run tonight at 5 p.m. PST on NBC Sports Network.