Janka wins GS; Ligety 3d
Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the giant slalom at the World Alpine Skiing Championships yesterday in Val d'Isere, France, while American Ted Ligety was third and Bode Miller did not finish.
Janka timed 2 minutes 18.82 seconds for the two runs down the Face de Bellevarde course. Benjamin Raich of Austria finished second, 0.71 seconds behind.
Ligety earned the first medal for the US men at Val d'Isere. After finishing ninth in the opening run, he moved into the bronze medal position by posting the fastest run in the second leg (1:09.85).
"I just tried to get all my nerves out," he said. "I knew I had a bad first run and had to give everything and attack all the way."
It's a second major championship medal for the 24-year-old from Park City, Utah. Ligety won gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics in combined.
Miller was 17th fastest after the first run. But the 2003 world champion in the giant slalom skied out before halfway down in the second.
The 31-year-old from Franconia, N.H., is winless in 26 World Cup events and four world championship races this season.
She missed Thursday's giant slalom and spent two days testing a specially designed splint that will enable her to hold her ski pole.
Teammate Julia Mancuso decided to skip the slalom to get a jump on training for World Cup races next week in Tarvisio, Italy.