KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – The United States' Alpine team has its first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics thanks to Ted Ligety.
Long recognized as one of the top skiers on the World Cup circuit, Ligety seized his second Olympic gold medal on Wednesday, dominating the giant slalom at the Sochi Games. Considered the world’s best in the event, Ligety wasted little time backing up that reputation, taking advantage of good course conditions. Weaving a noticeably tight line, he dropped the hammer in a nearly flawless first run with a time of 1:21.08. That gave him a strong .93 lead over the field heading into his second run, and he held on for the victory. France's Steve Missillier and Alexis Pinturalut won silver and bronze.
Ligety came to a sliding stop after crossing the finish line and raised his arms in celebration.
"I did what I needed to do to make it," said Ligety, who also won gold in the super combined at the 2006 Games in Turin. "I'm super happy with the outcome."
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