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The world’s best athletes of the Alpine World Cup circuit took part in an extraordinary Giant Slalom race; the Alpine Rock Fest at the Paganella ski resort near Andalo, Italy.

The 2006 Olympic gold medallist Ted Ligety found his ideal line, and positioned himself perfectly along the slalom, to cross the finish line with a time of 34.72 seconds. This was good enough for victory and the 60,000 euro cash prize just in time for Christmas.

In second was Italian Alpine Racer, Giovanni Borsotti, who also got off to a flying start and weaved his way flawlessly through the course with poise and precision. But despite his best efforts he failed to beat the American, falling into second place by an excruciating one hundredth of a second.

In third place came French skiing champion Cyprien Richard. The World Alpine Rock Fest Champion from 2009, looked on track to possibly claim another victory, but a slight mistake on one of the jumps proved costly, bringing him in in a time of 34.72 seconds.

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