American Ligety storms to super-G world title

Updated 07 February 2013
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American Ligety storms to super-G world title

SCHLADMING, Austria: Ted Ligety produced a blistering finish yesterday to win the super-G at the world championships, his first career victory in the discipline.
The American took risks in the final section of the Planai course to win in 1 minute, 23.96 seconds.
Gauthier De Tessieres of France was 0.20 back in second. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who won three of the four World Cup super-Gs this season, was another 0.02 back in third.
Defending champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy finished 1.09 off the pace.
“Today was unbelievable,” said Ligety, who was the 10th starter. “It was a nerve-wracking 30 minutes, waiting for all the favorites to come down. (To) finally see (Svindal) come down right behind me was a huge weight off my shoulders.”
Ligety made a super-G podium only once before, finishing second in a World Cup at Val d’Isere, France, in 2009. This season, he had finished fourth in two races.
“I am having a good year in super-G but I didn’t think this was possible,” Ligety said. “I thought I had a chance for a medal. I knew I had to take many risks at the bottom to have a chance. I tried not to slide and to ski as clean as possible.”
The gold is his second medal from a world championship. Two years ago, he won the giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
It was the second medal in two days for the US ski team, one day after Julia Mancuso took third in the women’s super-G.
“Julia always does well at the big events,” Ligety said. “I knew I had a good chance myself today and it’s great to make a contribution to the success of the team.”
Lindsey Vonn crashed in Tuesday’s race, tearing knee ligaments that will keep her out for the rest of the season.
“It’s very sad for Lindsey because she was doing great but it didn’t matter for my race,” Ligety said. “You have to move on. I am sure she will be back next year. As a ski racer, you can’t let that affect you too much.”
Ligety trailed then-leader De Tessieres by 0.41 at the first intermediate time 30 seconds into his run. He reduced the deficit to 0.06 over the next 30 seconds and beat the Frenchman in the bottom section.
De Tessieres, whose best super-G result on the circuit was eighth, had not qualified for the French team but replaced Johan Clarey, who pulled out with a back injury on Sunday.
“It’s difficult to describe this week,” De Tessieres said. “I hadn’t qualified and got a phone call from the coach a couple of days ago and now I am here. I am so happy. It’s amazing, a crazy story.”
Several favorites led Ligety at the first split, including Austria’s Matthias Mayer, Italy’s Matteo Marsaglia and Innerhofer, and Svindal.
The course was set by Norway coach Tron Moger, who also placed the gates when Svindal won the super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, in December.
“It was tough,” Svindal said. “I took a lot of risks and had a small mistake at the end. The conditions were OK, but not ideal. With this (low) light, you don’t see the bumps. I am satisfied. Ted did just great. He would have had a great run with number 22 as well.”


Iranian fans attempt to disrupt Portugal’s sleep at hotel

Updated 25 June 2018
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Iranian fans attempt to disrupt Portugal’s sleep at hotel

  • Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal’s national team is based
  • Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent

SARANSK: Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal’s national team is based, making loud noises in an attempt to disrupt their opponents’ sleep before a decisive World Cup match later Monday.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent, but Monday morning there were still a few dozen of them playing loud music near the hotel in the Saransk city center.
Iran can only advance to the next stage of the World Cup if it beats the European champions. Portugal only needs a draw, but also aims to take the top position in Group B ahead of Spain.
Saransk police said they received their first calls about the noise about 11 p.m. Sunday, when a first wave of Iran fans arrived and started singing outside the hotel. That forced Ronaldo to show up, which convinced supporters to leave.
Then a second wave came and did not stop making noise for several hours. Police then blocked roads nearby, but the main avenue across the hotel was still open, which allowed Iran fans to keep their effort in smaller numbers.
Iran fan and IT consultant Mehdi Fayez arrived Monday morning after reading messages from supporters saying they needed to trouble Portugal to stand a better chance of winning the match.
“I love Ronaldo, I love Portugal, but this is a big game. We have to do all it takes,” a still joyful Fayez said, as he held an Iranian flag on the back of his head.
Montreh Fayoud, one of the several Iranian women that are attending their first World Cup, disagreed.
“We were coming back from dinner and saw all these Iranians here. When I found the reason, I decided to leave,” she said.
At about noon on Monday Portugal players had a quick walk around the hotel, but it is uncertain whether they will walk around the city as they did before other matches in Russia.