ALTA BADIA, Italy -- Ted Ligety has already created a storm of controversy on the World Cup circuit by leading the revolt over coming changes in ski shape rules.
Now he's suggesting a complete overhaul of the sport's format, proposing a radical switch from traditional two-run races in giant slalom and slalom to five mini knockout runs, and doing away with the two-hour break in between legs.
Ligety also would like to see all of the technical races run at night to gain bigger crowds, but men's World Cup director Gunter Hujara says the 27-year-old American needs to better understand the finances and TV contracts that determine start times.
Ligety's ideas were inspired by the Alpine Rockfest exhibition event to be held at the U.S. team's former training base in Paganella on Friday.
"I've always believed ski racing is presented and formatted poorly," Ligety wrote on his blog Saturday. "I can't think of any successful sports that have a three-hour halftime and fans only see their favorite athlete twice for a max of four minutes.