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Park City native Ted Ligety places first in Soelden

Olympic Gold Medalist Ted Ligety, a Park City native, took home the gold on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012 during the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race of the 2012-2013 season. He won the giant slalom race in Soelden, Austria with a time of 2 minutes 36.02 seconds, 2.75 seconds faster than Manfred Moelgg of Italy, who placed second. This marked the largest lead between first and second place in a World Cup giant slalom race since 1979 and the seventh-largest winning margin in World Cup GS history.

The race was plagued by both fog and snowy conditions, but Ligety took risks on the course and it paid off. “In hindsight, it may not have been the smartest approach, because it would have been pretty easy to go out right there,” Ligety told the Park Record.

This race was the first GS race under new equipment rules that require racers to race on longer, narrower skis. The regulations were controversially put in place by the FIS to make ski racing a safer sport, and see fewer athlete injuries. These new skis are designed to slow the racer down, taking some of the risk out of the high-speed sport.

The next World Cup race will take place in Levi, Finland on November 11, 2012.

Photo courtesy of Ted Ligety’s Facebook Fan Page

World Cup Freestyle Event at Deer Valley!

Last weekend we enjoyed the exciting Visa Freestyle International World Cup events at Deer Valley Resort. Top freestyle competitors from around the world visited and gave their all in some thrilling competition.

We enjoyed seeing outstanding results from Heather McPhie and many other exceptional athletes. Many competitors were vying for spots on their own nations’ Olympic teams while also seeking to shine at Deer Valley. After Thursday’s competitions we had an awesome time on Main Street.

 

Moguls course at Deer Valley - January 2010

While the Snow Gods seemed to be resting a bit, the mood was still upbeat and happy. We headed out to historic Main Street Thursday night for a wonderful concert in the street. The music was great and we enjoyed mixing with locals and visitors alike. My personal favorite part of the night was the spectacular display of fireworks that only Park City knows how to light up! Why a concert in the street you may ask? Because that’s a Park City Main Street tradition.

Then we headed back up to Deer Valley on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th to watch more of the world’s best freestylers bump, flip and fly high. There were just so many amazing performances by some of the world’s best athletes, and it was a great preview of next month’s Winter Olympic Games. Also, it was such a wonderful way to start a great weekend in Park City!