If Ted Ligety is to become the world’s best giant slalom skier again, it’s going to take some time.
On Sunday, the Olympic and world champion placed 11th in his second GS since tearing his right ACL in January.
The 32-year-old Ligety was 2.63 seconds behind first-time French winner Mathieu Faivre after two runs in Val d’Isère, France.
“I didn’t feel that comfortable to push that hard and it showed in the time,” Ligety told media in Val d’Isère, according to the U.S. Ski Team.
Ligety was ninth following the first run, 1.37 seconds back of Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who fell to second, .49 behind Faivre, after the last run.
Ligety failed to build on his season-opening fifth place in Soelden, Austria, from Oct. 23, his first race in nine months. He said after Saturday’s finish that he feels like he’s skiing better than he was in October.
“I just need to be able to put it together and have the confidence to push hard,” Ligety said.
He has gone five straight World Cup giant slaloms without a podium, his longest drought since the 2006-07 season.
The U.S. put five men in the top 30 overall, with Ligety joined by Tommy Ford (14th), Tim Jitloff (18th), Ryan Cochran-Siegle (22nd) and David Chodounsky (27th).
NBCSN will air coverage of the Val d’Isère giant slalom on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, also streaming here, with six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller as an analyst.
The men’s World Cup stays in Val d’Isère for a giant slalom and slalom next weekend.Follow @nzaccardi