Double delight: Ligety, Vonn win
Vail CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK – Lindsey Vonn went first, and then, Ted Ligety made it double.
Vonn won her super-G up in Lake Louise, Alberta, Sunday. Ligety followed by hammering the second run of the giant slalom at the Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek, making it a two-win day for American skiing. And, yeah, Julia Mancuso nabbed bronze up in Canada, too.
It’s the first time since December 2006 that the U.S.A topped both World Cup podiums. That time is was Vonn (known as Kildow at the time) and Bode Miller.
Ligety started the his second run with a 0.36-second lead over Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud. Jansrud laid down a powerful run, but Ligety, who has been so close to a win on home snow here, was not going to be denied. The Park City, Utah, native, with a roaring crowd behind him, powered out to a quick start and increased his lead at all three intervals, gaining time where other racers lost it.
The heavily-partisan crowd roared as each green split time came up on the scoreboard. When Ligety crossed the line, he didn’t know he had won, but the crowd let him know.
Ligety happily tumbled to the the snow in the finish area as fans chanted “Ted-dy” and “U-S-A.”
It’s Ligety’s sixth career win – all in GS – but, bigger for him, was winning here. He had been so close at Beaver Creek in the last four years, finishing third (2006), fourth (2007), second (2008), and fourth (2009). In 2008, Ligety finished 1-hundredth of a second behind Austria’s Benni Raich.
Vonn is no stranger to success in Lake Louise. She has won the downhill there seven times and finished second in that discipline on Friday and Saturday. It was her first super-G win there. Sunday was her 34th World Cup win, breaking her own American win. It was Vonn’s 11th win in super-G
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