Alpine ski race wins usually come by the hundredths of a second.
Ted Ligety won the opening World Cup race of the 2012-13 season Sunday on the famous Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden, Austria, by a crazy 2.75 seconds.
It was, as he put it afterward, a “once-in-a-career margin.”
It was also a demonstration of, as U.S. head coach Sasha Rearick put it, Ligety’s “complete ability and confidence in himself.”
Even on the best days, there is nothing inherently fair about alpine racing. And conditions Sunday were, in a word, godawful. “It was a tough day for everybody,” Ligety said, adding, “I just fought and maybe took more risk than it was worth – than was maybe smart.”
That’s just modesty talking — the guy from Park City, Utah, who posed for photos after the