With Lindsey Vonn injured and Bode Miller already out for the season, it's Ted Ligety's turn to lead the US ski team.
A day after Vonn's season-ending crash at the world championships, Ligety showed off his rapidly improving speed skills to win the first super-G of his career in the marquee event of the season.
The timing was not lost on the Park City, Utah, native.
"It's definitely (tough) losing those teammates that have been so good over so many years and really carried the flag of the U.S.," Ligety said. "It's tough losing them, for sure, but it's an individual sport, too. You're out there competing for yourself."
Building on his giant slalom skills, Ligety surprised even himself Wednesday. In front of a crowd of 24,000, he took a lot of risks in the turning final section and mastered the Planai course in 1 minute, 23.96 seconds.
Gauthier De Tessieres of France was 0.20 back in second in another stunning result, and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who won three of the four Wo...