Ted Ligety grabs second in slalom standings
MADONNA di CAMPIGLIO, Italy – Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, moved into the second position in World Cup slalom standings Monday, finishing sixth under the lights in Madonna di Campiglio. Ligety was fifth after the first run with Bode Miller in sixth, but Miller went out at the bottom of the second run. Italian Giorgio Rocca won his second straight slalom.It was a come-from-behind win for Rocca, the winner a week earlier in Beaver Creek. The Italian was third behind Austrian Benni Raich after the first run. Raich built a .26-seconds lead over Finn Kalle Palander. Rocca and Thomas Grandi of Canada were tied for third just a hundredth behind Palander.Both Miller and Ligety were in great striking distance. Ligety was .61 out with Miller 1.08 back, but only two seconds separated the entire top 30 in the first run.Miller had kept a lead over the leader Jean-Pierre Vidal of France midway into the second run, but went out near the bottom. Despite the DNF, Miller retained his overall World Cup lead although Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, finishing 11th, closed the gap.Like Miller, Ligety maintained his lead through the middle of the second run but could not keep it up across the line, dropping .01 behind Vidal, and eventually being knocked back to sixth. Ligety, who had been third in Beaver Creek, moved ahead of Frenchman Stephane Tissot, who failed to finish the first run.”I skied pretty well today but made a big mistake on the first run and second run, but was able to recover,” said Ligety. “In the second run I was really firing out of the start gate. I made some sweet turns on the top pitch – I was killing it on the top!”Then I got messed up and got a little far back and at one point had both poles headed up the hill, but I was able to find my way down.”
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