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Christophe Ena, AP
The United States’ Ted Ligety gestures after the second one run of the lads’s large slalom on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The timing of Ted Ligety’s Olympic GS run gave the impression too excellent to be true.
And, because it grew to become out, it used to be.
The guy nicknamed Mr. GS for his dominance within the alpine self-discipline now not simplest did not defend his 2014 Olympic gold, he completed thus far from the rostrum, he wasn’t even the highest American finisher. Ligety’s blended time used to be 2:21.25 — greater than 3 seconds slower than gold-medalist Marcel Hirscher, whose blended time over two runs used to be 2:18.04. Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen earned silver, whilst France’s Alexis Pinturault earned his 2nd medal of the 2018 video games with a bronze (2:19.35).
“It ran a lot easier than I anticipated,” Ligety stated after the first run. “But I didn’t attack as I could have or should have. No real explanation for that. I thought it would be a little bit more challenging than it was.”
Hirscher, representing Austria, claimed gold within the blended race, and he’s the reigning large slalom global champion.
Ligety received his first World Cup podium on the YongPyong Alpine Center 12 years in the past to the day. It got here when the Park City local used to be 21 years outdated and had simply received his first Olympic gold medal.
Interestingly, each of the lads he stood on the rostrum with that day in 2006 are retired.
Ligety has been recuperating from accidents this season, however earned a podium in Garmisch, simply earlier than coming to Pyeongchang for the Olympics.
Hirscher used to be the favourite to win Sunday’s race, and he didn’t disappoint, providing textbook runs.
“Hirscher crushed it for sure,” Ligety stated. “He’s been good all year, so it’s no surprise. But for me, I’m out of it.”
Ryan Cochran-Siegle used to be the highest U.S. finisher with a blended time of 2:20.74, tying him for 11th position.
Ligety knew he used to be out of the medals after his first run, however he attacked his 2nd alternative on the path, hoping to drag off the sudden.
“My purpose used to be without a doubt to check out to be difficult for a medal right here and I assumed that used to be without a doubt inside my vary, however I’m manner out of it now.
“I used to be truly stunned once I noticed the time. It didn’t really feel as though I had beaten it but it surely didn’t really feel two and a part seconds dangerous.
“Maybe if I got a nice tailwind in the second run and the other guys got a nice headwind, and something funky happens, maybe I have a hope and a prayer.”