The FIS World Cup giant slalom champion, Ligety scorched the elite field by winning both runs for a combined 2:35.77 victory. On this technical course, Ligety proved he is a frontrunner for gold at the Sochi Olympics in February. This race marked his fourth straight GS win, matching Italy’s Alberto Tomba’s streak in 1991.
Long-time teammate Bode Miller, who missed last season in its entirety due to knee surgery, nabbed the runner-up spot, zig-zagging to a 2:37.09 finish. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won the bronze (2:37.59) to round-out the podium.
Despite challenging course conditions, the American duo seized the home slope advantage to go 1-2, the first time an American pairing has pulled-off this feat since Miller and Daron Rahlves took top honors in a 2005 giant slalom race.
Ligety said, “I feel like I skied well the whole way down, considering the conditions are tough out there; it’s pretty bouncy. I was able to arch the places I needed to arch.”
The U.S. Alpine squad next travels to Val D’Isere, France for giant slalom and slalom races, on their road to the Sochi Olympics.