Ligety shines in Beaver Creek

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Ligety shines in Beaver Creek

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American Ted Ligety claimed his second world cup win of the season on Sunday when he dominated the field to win the men’s Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

The 28-year-old, who won the season-opening race in Soelden Austria, was almost a second faster than his closest rivals after the first run.

He was even more impressive in the second as he crossed the line for a combined winning time of two minutes and 25.59 seconds – a whopping 1.79 seconds faster than second-placed Marcel Hirscher.

After two giant slalom’s so far this season Ligety – who has won them both – tops the discipline standings on 200 points, 60 points clear of Hirscher. Ligety is second in the overall classification 80 points adrift of leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.

Hirscher, who was third in the season-opener in October, was second in the morning run and despite an almost flawless afternoon run he could not match Ligety’s blistering pace and had to settle for the runners up spot. Davide Simoncelli of Italy rounded off the podium in third.

The next giant slalom on the calendar is on Saturday December 8 when the World Cup returns to Europe and the French resort of Val d’Isere.