Skiing: American Ted Ligety secured victory in the World Cup giant-slalom standing
Last Updated: March 9, 2013 2:06pm
Ted Ligety: Secured a fourth giant slalom title
Ted Ligety clinched the crystal globe in giant-slalom for the fourth time in his career with victory in Kranjksa Gora.
Marcel Hirscher needed to win the World Cup event to keep alive his hopes of toppling the American with one giant slalom of the season remaining.
The Austrian laid down the gauntlet, leapfrogging Felix Neureuther and Alex Pinterault after ending the first run in fourth position.
But Ligety had plenty of time in hand and a flawless second descent saw him cross the line with 0.45 seconds to spare over Hirscher, with a further 0.32secs back to Neureuther of Germany.
It gives Ligety an unassailable 125-point lead over Hirscher in the GS standings with Manfred Moelgg of Italy a further 345 points behind in third place.
"It has been a rough and intense fight again, it was really tough to keep the skis under control because of the ruts and the wet snow," Ligety told reporters.
"It was exciting and I again took full risks as it's the best way to approach those conditions and win the globe. I really had an amazing season this winter."
There was consolation for Hirscher, who extended his lead over Aksel Lund Svindal in the overall standings with the Norwegian placing only sixth in Kranjksa Gora.