ARE, Sweden — Bend’s Tommy Ford finished 12th in giant slalom Friday at the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships.

Ford’s result was a career best. His previous best was a 14th-place finish in the super-G in Garmisch, Germany, in 2011. In 2015, he finished 19th in the giant slalom at the 2015 world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) led three Americans on Friday with his 11th-place finish, just ahead of Ford. Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vermont) was 21st, also a career-best world championships result.

After finishing fourth in the GS at the 2017 worlds in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen surprised pre-race favorites Marcel Hirscher of Austria and Alexis Pinturault of France to take his first career world championships gold medal.

Hirscher — who has been ill and had to cancel his press conference earlier this week — held on for second place, and first-run leader Pinturault took the bronze.

— From staff and wire reports

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