David Chodounsky celebrates after he put down a career best tenth in the Adelboden World Cup slalom. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 13) - The U.S. Ski Team's David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) came out with skis blazing, laying down the second fastest final run for a career best tenth in an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Adelboden. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was the only faster skier on the second run as he took the win to extend is overall World Cup lead. Saturday's giant slalom winner Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 11th. The men now head over the mountain to Wengen for the fabled Lauberhorn weekend with super combined, downhill and slalom.
David Chodounsky had the second fastest final run to score a personal best tenth in the Adelboden slalom as Marcel Hirscher of Austria won.
Chodounsky's previous best finish was a 15th set during the Val d'Isere, France slalom a month ago.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Saturday's winner in the GS, was 11th.
Hirscher leads the overall standings over Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal with Ligety in third.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup now heads to nearby Wengen for the Lauberhorn weekend with super combined, downhill and slalom
Universal Sports TV will air coverage from Adelboden at 11:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET.
Ted Ligety will be featured today on the debut of U.S. Ski Team 36 on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET.
QUOTES David Chodounsky I felt I had a good first run, it was nice and solid. I got comfortable with the hill and snow conditions and came our ready to rip in the second run. I ripped.
Everything is building to the next race. I broke my collarbone in August, but was able to get in some good prep in Chile and also in Colorado. From there I've been producing solid results and I try to keep building on that from race to race.
Wengen was my best result until this year, I like that place and I like the hill. It's going to be really fun.
Ted Ligety Eleventh place isn't my goal, that's for sure. In order to to have any impact on the overall I have to be on the podium in slalom. I think I have that potential, I just haven't been able to put together two decent slalom runs this year. I have to get rid of the two and three big mistakes I've been making in every race.
This wasn't a horrible result, but it's not what I think I should be getting.