SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 23) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) matched teammate Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) Sunday as the U.S. Ski Team swept the Audi FIS World Cup openers in Soelden. It was the ninth World Cup win for Ligety who opened defense of his Audi FIS World Cup GS title. Ligety took a .18 lead in the first run over Swiss Carlo Janka and skied aggressively on the second run to take the win. The wins by Vonn Saturday and Ligety Sunday gave the Team a sweep on the Rettenbach Glacier in the Soelden/Hochgurgl/Obergurgl region which was named as the U.S. Ski Team's European Training Base just a week earlier. The Team now heads for training in Colorado including the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper and the First Tracks Alpine Team Announcement presented by Nature Valley at Vail Saturday, Nov. 5.
HIGHLIGHTS - Ninth Audi FIS World Cup win for Ted Ligety - Ligety opened defense of his World Cup GS title (his third) - Ligety is the reigning World Champion in GS - The win gave Ligety a Soelden hat trick, having finished third and second in the last two races (last year's event was cancelled after the first run with Ligety in second) - Bode Miller was ninth - The wins by Ligety and Vonn in Soelden came just a week after the Team announced a European Training Base partnership with Soelden/Oetztal/Obergurgl-Hochgurgl - The Audi FIS World Cup resumes Nov. 12-13 with slaloms for men and women in Levi, Finland - The Team will begin training in Colorado in advance of the next World Cups, including at its new U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper - The official announcement of the 2011-12 U.S. Ski Team will be held Sat. Nov. 5 with First Tracks, the Alpine Team Announcement presented by Nature Valley
ATHLETE QUOTES- TED LIGETY You never really know what's going to happen. I was skiing fast in training, but that really doesn't count for anything until you actually do it in a race. So to finally get prove how fast you are skiing is an added bonus that goes along with winning the first race of the year.
Any race win is a good win. I don't really care where it is. I've been on the podium a bunch of times here, but it's always good for your confidence to start off the year with a victory.
It's great to have Soelden as our new European home. I've always felt comfortable here and obviously have had a lot of success on this race hill.
Just being able to train here last week was a nice advantage and having our own apartments just adds to the comfort.
It's cool to see Lindsey [Vonn] win a World Cup GS. I think it's been 20 years since an American woman has done that. What she did yesterday in Soelden was impressive and I feel sorry for all the girls who have to race against her. Now that she's winning in giant slalom too, it's going to be an uphill battle for everyone else.
When you're a favorite, it always comes with added pressure. I have three GS titles now and I'd obviously like to get the fourth. That would tie me for the second most giant slalom titles. It would be really cool to be up there with guys like [Michael] von Gruenigen, who was one of my childhood heroes.
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