Ted Ligety crashed through a giant slalom gate, and rival Marcel Hirscher took full advantage, winning for the second straight day in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday.
Hirscher, the four-time reigning World Cup overall champion, notched his 33rd career World Cup victory, prevailing by .98 of a second over two runs. France’s Victor Muffat-Jeandet was second, followed by Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen.
“It’s always not the same if Ted is not in the second run,” Hirscher said on NBC. “It was a very difficult race.”
Hirscher, who also captured a super-G on Saturday, is now tied with Bode Miller for seventh on the all-time men’s World Cup wins list.
Ligety, the Olympic and World giant slalom champion, hoped to win his sixth straight Beaver Creek giant slalom. But his hopes were dashed in his first run. Ligety fell and crashed through a gate in the morning.
“It feels like Mike Tyson or somebody punched me in the leg,” Ligety said.
Now, Ligety must play catch-up to surpass Hirscher for the World Cup giant slalom season title. Hirscher claimed the crown last season, finishing no worse than fourth in any GS race.
The World Cup season continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Val d’Isere, France, next weekend.
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