Ligety becomes most successful racer with fourth win at Soelden
This was the twentieth time that Ligety had lead after the first run and gone on to win. With the dark light shrouding the Rettenbach Glacier, Ligety was conscious of the bumps down the course and with every turn, Ligety stayed strong as he battled to better the combined time set by Thomas Fanara with Marcel Hirscher just behind him.
Ligety compared the excitement of the opening race to that of the Olympics with all the focus on the early season race. While he admitted to having been thrown off the line a few times, Ligety is strong and as the second most successful Giant Slalom racer of all time, has the experience to conquer small errors.
This year has seen Ligety bring new dimensions to his racing as he used his gliding skills, learned from watching Didier Cuche he admitted, to extend his split time lead approaching the finish area on the second run. “The flat is just as important as the steep,” he explained “it is just as easy to lose the race down there.”
Ligety lead after the first run with another HEAD World Cup Rebel Alexis Pinturault back in seventh. Pinturault was not happy with his first run yet produced a stunning second run that draw applause from the 34,000 crowd at the race. Although he felt he was too far back after the first run to make real inroads, he was “happy with the second run, it was quite good.” Pinturault finished up in fifth place overall.
Mathieu Faivre was another to produce an awesome second run after being disappointed with his first run and felt that he can build on this for the rest of the season.
Soelden is a tough hill and Kjetil Jansrud explained it well: “Sölden was as tough as expected. Fast on the flat sections which is good for the races to come!” Both Aksel Lund Svindal and Jansrud made the top thirty.
1. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
2. Thomas Fanara (FRA)
3. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
5. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
9. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD
20. Andre Myhrer (SWE) HEAD
24. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
25. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD