Ted Ligety Wins Second Gold Medal at World Ski ChampionshipsChristopher Elser
American Ted Ligety won the men’s super combined for his second gold medal of the skiing world championships as two-time defending title holder Aksel Lund Svindal failed to complete the course.
Ligety was in sixth after the downhill, the first leg of the event. His time of 54.86 seconds on the slalom put him 1.15 seconds ahead of Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic. Austria’s Romed Baumann, the leader after the downhill, held on for the bronze medal in Schladming, Austria.
“It’s pretty sweet,” Ligety said. “It’s crazy. It’s definitely a surprise. It’s an event I always thought I had a chance in, but never had it come together.”
Ligety won his first world super-G title Feb. 6 when Norway’s Svindal, the pre-race favorite, made a mistake two turns from the finish. Today Svindal straddled a gate halfway down the course and failed to finish.
“It was a classic slalom mistake,” Svindal said. “It happens.”
Svindal, who won a gold in the downhill, said he had a muscle strain and couldn’t start aggressively.