American Ligety wins giant slalom gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Ted Ligety became the first American man in Olympic history to win two Alpine skiing gold medals on Wednesday.

Ligety finished the two-leg giant slalom with a combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds, winning by nearly a half-second.

His gold is the first for the U.S. Alpine team at the Sochi Games.

Ligety used a perfect first run to open a wide lead of nearly a second, then protected that with a conservative second run that was only 14th-fastest down the Rosa Khutor course as the sun peeked out from behind a nearby peak and through sparse clouds. All in all, much more comfortable conditions than the fog, rain and sleet of a day earlier.

France earned its first Alpine medals of the Sochi Olympics, with Steve Missilier producing the day's top second leg to earn silver, 0.48 seconds behind Ligety. Alexis Pinturault got the bronze, another 0.16 back. Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria was fourth.


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