Ted Ligety finished 12th in a soft Val d'Isere slalom to gain critical points toward the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall chase (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Christophe Pallot)
VAL D'ISERE, France (Dec. 8) – Ted Ligety knifed through incredibly soft snow in Val d'Isere to finish 12th and gain critical points toward the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall, where he's currently second to Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal. David Chodounsky produced the third fastest final run to finish a career best 15th after missing most of last season with injury. Ligety, who is the defending giant slalom champion in Val d'Isere, will gun for his third consecutive victory in the discipline on Sunday.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) picked up 22 points toward the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall chase with 12th in the Val d'Isere slalom. He is currently second by 58 points to Norwegian Askel Lund Svindal.
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) posted the third fastest second run to earn a career best 15th after missing nearly all of last season with injury.
Frechman Alexis Pinturault won with Germany's Felix Neureuther second and Marcel Hirscher of Austria third.
The race was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon after over five feet of snow fell in Val d'Isere earlier in the week.
Ligety, who is the defending Val d'Isere giant slalom champion, will compete for his third straight victory in the discipline on Sunday.
QUOTES Sasha Rearick, Head Coach The guys had a few bobbles in the first run, but they charged an easy course set in the second run and took advantage of a good opportunity.
The key for Ted in slalom is that he needs to make that next step into the top seven. He's solidified himself in the top 15 and that's a good step in the right direction for him to rack up some more points in the future.
David has qualified in both World Cup slaloms this season and is in a good place after coming back from an injury. He's skiing really well - consistent.
Tomorrow is going to be a big effort. The snow is inconsistent and the light is going to be flat with such an early start at 9:30. It's going to be a challenge.