Even the course workers jaws drop when Ted Ligety arcs (Getty Images/AFP/Olivier Morin)
ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 19) - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 10th in slalom Monday as Austrian rival and good friend Marcel Hirscher won to move into the World Cup slalom and overall lead. It was Ligety's second slalom top 10 of the season and lands him third in the overall standings going into a Dec. 21 night slalom in Flachau, Austria.
Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the Alta Badia slalom to overtake the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall and slalom lead
Ted Ligety was 10th for her second striaght top 10 in slalom
Ligety moved to third in the World Cup overall standings behind Hirscher and Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal
Jimmy Cochran was 17th in his second race back after ankle surgery
Bode Miller and Will Brandenburg did not finish the first run
Nolan Kasper and Will Gregorak did not qualify for a second run
The men's World Cup tour moves to Flauchau, Austria for a night slalom on Wed. Dec. 21
QUOTES Ted Ligety First run wasn't super smooth but I skied down without any major mistakes, so I'm happy with that. I need to figure out why Hirscher is beating everybody by six-tenths on the bottom, but so far the skiing in slalom is getting better and better.
The skiing is there for the most part, so as long as I can cut out some of the mistakes just because of my lack of volume.
Nolan Kasper It wasn't a good day. That's how it goes sometimes. It's a tough sport and a lot of guys are fast so some days you're on it and some days you're not.
I'm feeling better, I've got some more energy, but it was a tough day with the snow, the course, the light. It was just not my day.
There's a lot to look forward to, some of my favorite hills - Kitzbuehel, Schladming and Kransjka. We've got a lot of great races coming up the next month or so.
Ted is figuring out his slalom setup and is skiing well, it's fun to see.