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( Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ted Ligety, of Park City, competes in the Men's Giant Slalom at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. LIgety won the gold medal with a cumulative time of 2:45.29.
World Cup: Ligety earns first-ever podium in downhill
Skiing » Utahn moves up to third in overall WC standings
First Published Mar 12 2014 02:57 pm • Last Updated Mar 13 2014 04:48 pm

Lenzerheide, Switzerland • Park City’s Ted Ligety has earned his first-ever podium in the downhill.

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Ligety finished third here in Wednesday’s downhill race, behind winner Mattias Mayer of Austria and runner-up Christof Innerhofer of Italy.

Ligety’s career-best result in downhill lifted him to third in the overall standings. His previous best in downhill was fourth, in 2007 at Lenzerheide where the steep, twisting course suits his technical skills.

"This is a hill I know I have a good chance on," said Ligety, the world champion in super-G. "I also don’t count on this carrying through to other races on the World Cup downhill tour."

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway retook the lead in the overall World Cup standings on Wednesday by placing fifth.


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Svindal earned 45 points to move 41 ahead of two-time defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who skips downhills.

"If I had to put money on someone I have no idea who it would be," said Svindal, who will race against Hirscher in a super-G on Thursday.

Mayer earned his first career World Cup win in 1 minute, 29.99 seconds, 0.11 faster than Christof Innerhofer of Italy and Ted Ligety of the United States, who tied for second. Svindal was 0.20 seconds behind Mayer.

Mayer and Innerhofer finished 1-2 in the downhill at the Sochi Olympics.

"It’s very important," Mayer said of his win. "It was a target for me to win a World Cup race this year. It’s perfect."

Svindal, a two-time overall champion, already clinched his second straight season-long downhill title before the World Cup Finals.

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