Ted Ligety went down on his left hip on the steep and icy Val d'Isere pitch and did not finish his first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom since 2009 (Getty Images/AFP - Franck Fife)
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 14) – For the first time since 2009, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) missed an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom final. The two-time giant slalom world champion and four-time World Cup title winner was the first racer out of the gate, but slid out on his left hip on the lower portion of the steep and icy Face de Belvarde. Ligety won the opening two giant slalom races of the season, including a 1-2 finish with Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) last weekend in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom in Beaver Creek, and hadn’t missed a giant slalom podium since March of 2012. Miller also did not finish the first run. Two-time World Cup overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria came from behind to win the race after finishing third in the opening run.
Ted Ligety’s (Park City, UT) incredible streak of giant slalom consistency ended Saturday when he did not finish the first run in Val d’Isere.
Ligety had made the top 30 final of every Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom since Feb. 21, 2009 and had landed on every giant slalom podium since the opening the 2012 season with victory in Soelden, Austria.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who finished second to Ligety last weekend in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom in Beaver Creek, CO also slid out of the opening run.
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City) and Robby Kelley (Starksboro, VT) finished the opening run, but did not qualify.
In total, one third of the athletes to make the the final run started outside of the top 30.
Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the race ahead of Thomas Fanara of France and Stefan Luitz of Germany.
A slalom is scheduled for Sunday in Val d’Isere with Ligety and Miller back in the gate along with Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA). Universal Sports Network will broadcast the slalom at 12 p.m. ET.
QUOTES Ted Ligety It's been a few years. But I've had a bunch of races where (on) second runs I went out. You just have to fight. Just a little bit (of) bad luck on my part today. This course is always super, super bumpy and miserable to ski so I wasn't surprised by that at all. It's not ideal. It's the kind of hill where anything can really happen, because it's such a tough and rough and bumpy hill.
Sasha Rearick, men's alpine Head Coach Ted skied aggressive and clean. It was just on that one roll were he went a little too straight for the course set and the terrain. It caught him. Once Ted went down there and couple other guys went down, it was an easy adjustment for everyone else to make.
Today was bib one tactical adjustment. Ted's been skiing great. He’s going to be fine. We have a good week of training before Alta Badia. We’ve got work to do and it’s going to be very clear what we need to do.
Bode skied well, especially in the mixed section of the course. He adjusted tactically well for this role. He got unlucky and I don't often say that for a DNF. He got his outside edge of his outside ski caught right at the initiation of the turn, and in the flat light those things can kind of happen. I was proud of the effort he put in today and the way he approached skiing the hill.