Sochi 2014: Just the three of us – USA’s Ted Ligety holds super-combined key
Sochi 2014: USA's Ted Ligety has advantage in Friday's super-combined after sampling giant slalom hill more than most
Ted Ligety is hoping the unlikely partnership forged with the Russian ski team will send him to victory in Friday’s men’s super-combined following disappointment at the last games.
As a heavy medal favourite in Vancouver four years ago, Ligety failed to make the podium in the giant slalom and the super-combined events he participated in.
The 29-year-old has been able to gain an edge on his competition training with the Russians at the course in Sochi ever since the 2013 world championships.
I don’t think anyone else in the Olympics has skied the giant slalom hill here very much, other than myself and a couple of the Russian guys
“It’s definitely nice to be able to get some miles on this hill,” Ligety said ahead of the two-event competition, which starts with the downhill and concludes with the slalom.
“I don’t think anyone else in the Olympics has skied the giant slalom hill here very much, other than myself and a couple of the Russian guys.”
There has been much talk all week of the conditions at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center but Ligety played this down.
“Racers generally like ice because it’s the fairest surface, you can run first and it’s the same running first as it is running 30th.”
The event favourite won a gold medal at Torino Olympics 2006 and is the 2013 super combined world champion.
Ligety enjoys a healthy rivalry with compatriot and ski star Bode Miller and both men will be vying to become the first racers to win two gold medals in a men’s combination race.
Ligety won the final pre-Games world cup giant slalom race in St Moritz, Switzerland, on February 2 by a vast 1.51 seconds.
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