Alpine Programs

Ligety Highlights Successful 2014 Season

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USSA
2014-03-16 06:13
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – The 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season came to a close Sunday in Lenzerheide, where World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped another incredible season and led the USA with a 12th-place finish in the slalom finale. Ultimately, the race and the day went to Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who claimed both the slalom title as well as the World Cup overall title with the impressive conclusion. The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Next, Ligety heads to Squaw Valley to race giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships next week, March 19-23.

HIGHLIGHTS  

  • The 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season came to a close Sunday in Lenzerheide, where Olympic and World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped another incredible season and led the USA with a 12th-place finish in the slalom finale.
  • Ligety finished his season fourth in the overall World Cup standings after earning his fifth giant slalom globe Saturday as well as his first Olympic giant slalom gold in February.
  • David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) finished Sunday’s slalom in 18th, etching him into 19th in the slalom standings for the season.
  • Olympic bronze medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) did not finish his second run, but rounded out his season in eighth overall, eighth in the downhill and fifth in the super G standings.
  • Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) built on his skills in speed to produce several top tens, a fifth in Sochi and a podium in Kvittjell, Norway which boosted him to ninth in the downhill standings, 19th in super G and 23rd overall, his best season to date.
  • Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) reined in a stellar Olympic performance, winning silver in super G and then continuing on to finish 26th in the super G standings.
  • Ultimately, Sunday’s race and the day went to Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who claimed both the slalom title as well as the World Cup overall title with his impressive run in the last seconds of competition.
  • Hirscher took the slalom title from Felix Neureuther of Germany, who settled for second with Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway third. Hirscher also bested Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Alexis Pinturault of France, who earned second and third in the overall.
  • The athletes encountered wet course conditions Sunday, which became bumpy but held up enough for most athletes to finish the final race of the season.
  • The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Next, Ligety heads to Squaw Valley to race giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships next week, March 19-23.

QUOTES
Sasha Rearick
Across the board, it’s been a great season. We’ve had some highs and lows for sure, but I was really stoked to see the improvement through the year with the guys. We started off slow in speed, but progressively got better and better. Travis (Ganong) finished off the season with a bunch of top tens and then on the podium. Those kinds of results were a testament to the fight that the guys did through the season.

Andrew Weibrecht at the Olympics had an amazing performance. Ted Ligety winning and continuing to dominate in GS through the season, but also having to overcome the two DNFs that he had was a great fight. Those are the things that I’m going to take back from the season that are huge accomplishments.

Ever since Bode came back to the team in fall of 2009, it was all about giving 100-percent effort every day. This year he gave everything he could and it was just so fun to watch him work hard. I’m extremely proud of his effort he gave from the first day of camp until the last race of the season. Hats off to Bode. He’s inspiring us all through his hard work and his love of skiing.

Most importantly are the staff and how the staff is all working together in such a positive way. Everybody is pulling on the rope in the same direction, better than I’ve seen in my tenure with the team. Hats off to all the coaches, service guys and physios–the whole team that’s working together to get the team better and better.

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