It was worth getting up at 6:00 a.m., driving to Beaver Creek, and waiting on the cold bleachers to see Ted Ligety’s winning runs!
Ligety on course
Photo by Vail Daily
We watched the first racers from the bleachers at Redtail. Ligety skied 5th, bringing the fastest time on course. We waited while another top 10 or so racers skied to seee if any would match or beat his time, but none did.
Ted Ligety won the first run by an amazing margin of 0.36 seconds.
We next rode up the Grouse mountain lift to ski down next to the race course, where we watched the racers flying by close up. We were directly below the gate, watching the Finnish skier crash. I was relieved to see him get back up and ski down.
After watching the first 10 skiers or so from this vantage, we headed back to the bleachers to watch the final results. The Norwegian and Austrian men pushed Ligety to put forth his best effort by putting in some fast runs.
Ligety skied even faster on the second run, winning by 0.82 seconds for the combined runs; while the entire stadium stood and screamed.
Then, when I got home I heard that Lindsey Vonn won the Women’s Super G in Canada.