Ted Ligety won his third World Cup giant slalom of the season in Alta Badia
Last Updated: 16/12/12 2:34pm
Ted Ligety: Leading the giant slalom standings ahead of Marcel Hirscher
American Ted Ligety won his third World Cup giant slalom of the season to extend his lead at the top of the standings.
Ligety mastered the Alta Badia piste, demolishing his rivals in a combined time of two minutes 37.27 seconds, some 2.04secs clear of runner-up Marcel Hirscher.
Thomas Fanara of France was third, a further 1.23secs back.
It required a fine second run by Hirscher to limit the damage after Ligety had posted a huge lead of 2.40secs on the first descent.
"The first run was confusing for me and confusing for a lot of other guys," Ligety said. "I had perfect grip whereas a lot of other guys were struggling with chatter. It was a bizarre margin for how it felt like, though. It didn't feel like anything super special. I've skied better in training."
Ligety had to play it safe on the second run and although he had a slight problem midway down, putting his left hand on the snow, he quickly regained control.
The American, who kept the pressure on Aksel Lund Svindal in the overall standings, was fired up on a hill where he also won two years ago after finishing only third in Val d'Isere last week.
With Svindal down in ninth place, Ligety moved 106 points behind the Norwegian in the overall with Hirscher 48 further back.
"At the moment I'm happy to be two seconds behind Ted," Hirscher said. "There's not much more you can do to be competitive. We're all looking to Ted. It's perfect skiing. We're all studying his lines."