Ligety sixth; Vonn solid in training run

January, 6, 2011

A recap of Thursday's World Cup action:

Men's slalom: Ligety finishes sixth

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Andre Myhrer of Sweden won a World Cup night slalom race on Thursday for his second career title, four years after capturing his first.

The Olympic bronze medalist, who was fourth after the opening run, finished on the icy Crveni Spust course in a combined time of 1 minute, 52.74 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was 0.10 seconds behind to finish second in his home race for the third time in four years.

Myhrer's teammate Mattias Hargin had the fastest second-run time to jump from 30th to third, 0.36 behind the winner. Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli, who was fastest in the first run, finished 0.40 seconds back in fourth place.

"I knew the other guys were fast so I had to charge all the way down," Myhrer said.

The 27-year-old Swede, who also won a slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., in December 2006, went to the top of the discipline standings with 189 points, 36 clear of Kostelic.

Michael Walchhofer of Austria, who skips the technical races, remained in the lead of the overall standings with 409 points. Switzerland's Silvan Zurbriggen has 396 and Ted Ligety of the United States has 376.

"I was lacking speed recently," Myhrer said, expressing surprise at winning his second career race in Croatia. "I tried to focus on my skiing more than on the result."

Ligety, who is dominating the giant slaloms this season, finished sixth for his best slalom result since placing fourth in Schladming, Austria, in 2008.

"My slalom is getting better. It's taking me some time to adjust the equipment," said Ligety, who switched ski brands in the offseason. "I wasn't that fast last year but this year I feel I can get fast. It's just a matter of getting everything lined up right."

Women's downhill: Vonn strong in training session

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria -- Anna Fenninger of Austria posted the fastest time in a women's World Cup downhill training session Thursday, beating defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn by 0.10 seconds.

The 21-year-old Fenninger has yet to win a World Cup race but sped down the 3-kilometer Kaelberloch course in 1 minute, 48.60 seconds. Fenninger's teammate Andrea Fischbacher was 0.14 seconds behind in third, and overall leader Maria Riesch of Germany finished 18th.

Another downhill training run was scheduled for Friday, followed by a downhill race and a super-G this weekend.

Ski jumping: Morgenstern wins

BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria -- World Cup leader Thomas Morgenstern won the Four Hills ski jumping tournament for the first time on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Austrian took second place behind Norway's Tom Hilde in the final event to stay on top of the Four Hills standings ahead of Switzerland's Simon Ammann.

Morgenstern is the third straight Austrian winner of the prestigious competition after Wolfgang Loitzl in 2008-09 and Andreas Kofler last season. No nation has won the tournament for three years in a row since Norway from 1966-69.


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