Beaver Creek, Colorado - Ligety Wins World Cup Giant Slalom

 BEAVER CREEK — It was a tough day for the U.S. Ski Team at Saturday's Birds of Prey super-G race as the American men skied off course and missed a gate one after another, all in the same section of the race course.  American Bode Miller kicked off what would become a bad luck spot for the Americans. Miller came off a jump just before the Screech Owl jump, in the middle section of the course, and was too over-rotated on his landing to turn around in time for the next gate. He missed the gate and skied off course.  Miller's report would be the first of many that would warn upcoming American racers about the tricky section of the course.  American Marco Sullivan then found out for himself how tough that section really was as he went off-course just slightly above where Miller did.
Sullivan watched as teammates Andrew Weibrecht and Ted Ligety skied off course in the same spot where Miller went out, a major blow for the Americans in their only pair of World Cup races held in the United States all season.  However on Sunday it was Ted Ligety's day, he took first place on the first run of the Giant Slalom.  The top 30 racers advanced to the second round in reverse order of the first run finish, so that meant that Ligety would run last in the second run.  He had to wait for 29 racers to go before he had his chance, it was basically his race to lose.  Ted Ligety made it down in record time and took first place in front of a Norwegian and Austrian.  It was American's day at the only American Men's World Cup venue.  A fitting finish to a 3 day event that started with the cancellation of the Downhill event due to high winds.  

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