Ted Ligety wins gold in Beaver Creek WC Giant Slalom
Posted by sibylle in skiing, Colorado (Sunday December 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm)

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!

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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.

1 comment for Ted Ligety wins gold in Beaver Creek WC Giant Slalom »

  1. […] Ted Ligety won gold in the Beaver Creek WC  GS in December 2010, but the downhill race was canceled on Friday before the GS. The super-G in Lenzerheide  starts at 6,852 feet and ends at 4,957 feet, lower than Denver, Colorado and much, much lower than ski areas in the Rockies. The base elevation of Keystone, where I teach skiing, lies at 9,300 feet, with the top at 12,200 feet. […]

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