Ted Ligety battles through soft snow in Zagreb to finish 14th (Getty Images/AFP/Hrjove Polan)
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 5) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 14th in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marcel Hirscher captured the victory to move into the overall World Cup lead. Rapidly deteriorating course conditions due to warm weather caused havoc for late starters in both the first and second runs.
Ted Ligety was 14th in the Zagreb night race for his third slalom top 15 of the season
Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the race to move into the World Cup overall lead, Ligety is third
Croatian Ivica Kostelic retained the World Cup slalom lead with second
Ligety was sixth after the first run, but dropped back in a very tight race
Warm temperatures and rain earlier in the week produced rapidly decaying course conditions
Nolan Kasper was 25th, while Will Brandenburg and Jimmy Cochran went out in the second run
Colby Granstrom, Will Gregorak and Michael Ankeny did not qualify for the top 30 final
Bode Miller did not start in favor of training for the next World Cup events
The men's World Cup moves to Adelboden, Switzerland for a giant slalom and slalom Jan. 7-8
QUOTES Mike Day - men's technical Head Coach Ted actually skied a solid second run. If you look at the times from the first run, those guys sitting six through 16 were really close in times.
Ted has now had three top 15 results in slalom in four races. It's definitely a step in the right direction.
The course broke down almost incredibly fast and there was an opportunity there for a few of our guys in the second run. We just didn't take advantage of it.
TV Universal Sports will rebroadcast the race at 5 and 8 p.m. ET on its 24-hour TV network