Americans Ted Ligety, Alice McKennis Win World Cup Ski Races

Ted Ligety of the U.S. won the men’s World Cup giant slalom in Switzerland, while countrywoman Alice McKennis took the women’s downhill in Austria.

Ligety had a time of 2 minutes, 28.67 seconds over two runs to beat Germany’s Fritz Dopfer by 1.15 seconds. Felix Neureuther of Germany finished third.

The victory was Ligety’s first on the Koenigsberg course in Adelboden and extends his lead in the giant slalom season standings to 125 points over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who finished 16th today.

“This has been a tough course for me in my career so I’m happy to get the win,” the 28-year-old said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “The second run was so dark and this hill is so tiring. I was lucky to have a little bit of reserve strength.”

Hirscher continues to lead the overall World Cup standings with 755 points, 26 more than Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal and 103 ahead of Ligety in third.

McKennis, 23, won the women’s downhill in St. Anton by 0.07 seconds over Italy’s Daniela Merighetti for her first World Cup victory. Austria’s Anna Fenninger finished third, with overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia in fourth.

Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. was sixth in her return to action. Vonn had taken the past two weeks off to recover from fatigue caused by a stomach illness that hospitalized her in November.

Vonn continues to lead the downhill season standings, with Maze maintaining her lead in the overall table.

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