Alpine skiing: Ligety finally wins Adelboden

Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:30am EST
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By Manuele Lang

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - A last-gasp mistake by arch-rival Marcel Hirscher handed American Ted Ligety his first victory in the Adelboden classic giant slalom on Saturday.

Ligety clinched his 15th top spot in the discipline in a combined time of two minutes 28.67 seconds.

The world champion owed his fourth win of the winter to World Cup holder Hirscher.

Austrian Hirscher, who had been on the podium of the last nine giant slaloms he entered, was leading Ligety by more than a second when he missed a gate close to the finish line and had to settle for 16th place.

Ligety beat Germans Fritz Dopfer, 1.15 seconds adrift, and in-form Felix Neureuther, who finished 0.09 behind his team mate.

With 15 giant slalom wins, Ligety became the third most successful skier in the discipline, level with Italy's Alberto Tomba and behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark and Swiss Michael von Gruenigen.

"I absolutely wanted to win this because it was a real chance to seize," said Hirscher after he was to explain why he did not ski more conservatively.

"Today I stretched my limits but it's good to see you can beat Ligety. I took too many risks and I paid the full price."   Continued...

Ted Ligety of the U.S. (C) celebrates next to second-placed Fritz Dopfer of Germany (L) and third-placed Felix Neureuther of Germany on the winners podium of the Alpine Skiing World Cup men's giant slalom ski race in Adelboden January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener