Alpine skiing: Ligety's risk strategy nets second gold

Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:08pm EST
 
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By Manuele Lang

SCHLADMING, Austria (Reuters) - American Ted Ligety's risky strategy earned him the super-combined title on Monday and his second gold medal of the alpine skiing world championships.

Seven years after winning the discipline's Olympic crown in Sestriere, Ligety proved he was more versatile than ever, clinching victory in a combined time of two minutes 56.96 seconds.

Ligety, who won the super-G last week, will also be the hot favorite in the defense of his giant slalom crown on Friday as he bids for a formidable hat-trick.

His performance was all the more spectacular as he had never won either a super-G or a super-combined in the World Cup before the world championships and the 28-year-old from Salt Lake City could even be a threat in Sunday's slalom.

On the steep and icy slalom course at the bottom of the Planai piste, home of a famous floodlit slalom on the World Cup circuit, Ligety adopted a dangerous strategy.

"I took all the risks after my great downhill run. I knew I had a chance but I was looking to ski smart also, it was easy to ski out as the run was so tough," he told reporters.

"I have huge routine being on the tour for nine years, so I can handle pressure well and these worlds have been pretty exciting for me so far," he added.

He promised more excitement in the week ahead.   Continued...

 
Ted Ligety of the U.S. skis during the men's super combined Slalom race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming February 11, 2013. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger