ADELBODEN, Switzerland -- Ted Ligety is quietly having another excellent season in giant slalom. He is the World Cup and world champion in his specialist event, and he leads the discipline standings entering Saturday's classic race.
But it's Austrian breakout star Marcel Hirscher who leads the overall standings after his slalom victory Thursday in Zagreb.
"I'm in a good spot in GS but Hirscher is not far behind and he has been skiing outstanding in everything," Ligety said Friday. "It's hard to see him faltering, and that puts some pressure on him."
Neither racer has finished outside the top six in any of four giant slaloms this season, and each has a victory in the other's home country.