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FIS: Ligety's Skis Are Legal

Competitors had complained

Despite the claims of some of his Italian competitors, Ted Ligety is actually just that good. Ligety, who sits in second place in the overall World Cup standings, has dominated the giant-slalom circuit, winning this past weekend’s race in Alta Badia, Italy, by 2.04 seconds. With new rules instituted this season requiring longer, straighter skis, Italian racers Manfred Moelgg and Davide Simoncelli have publicly questioned the legality of Ligety’s equipment. "It seems to me the tails are wider," Moelgg said, while Simoncelli added, "It does raise some doubts."

But the International Ski Federation’s equipment controller, Mike Keretz, who randomly measures skiers’ boots, suits, and skis in the finish areas at all events, says Ligety’s skis are legit. “I measured his skis in both runs and I measured his race suit for permeability since he was in the top three,” Keretz said, “and he was within the FIS equipment rules." 

Via Associated Press

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