Ted Ligety crushes compeition to win World Cup giant slalom at Soelden
Ted Ligety opened the Alpine Ski World Cup season with a dominant victory in the giant slalom at Soelden on Sunday.
Last Updated: 28/10/12 2:28pm
The American set a winning combined time of 2 minutes 36.02 seconds over the two runs to finish a massive 2.75 seconds ahead of Italy's Manfred Moelgg.
Third place was occupied by reigning overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who along with his Austrian team-mates wore black armbands in memory of Bjoern Sieber after he died in a car crash.
Ligety was second after the first run but halfway leader Thomas Fanara could only manage fourth place overall.
The second run was held amid heavy snowfall and poor visibility and it was Ligety who handled the conditions the best, being almost two seconds faster than Hirscher.
"The morning run was a little bit disappointing and gave me extra fire for the second run I guess," Ligety said.
Hirscher added: "The conditions were really difficult for all of us but Ted once again did a great job. He is nearly out of reach when he is fully achieving his potential."