Ted Ligety claims giant slalom

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Ted Ligety claims giant slalom

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America’s Ted Ligety overcame poor weather conditions to win a World Cup giant slalom in St Moritz, Switzerland on Sunday.

The 29-year-old, a two-time world champion in the event, produced yet another flawless first run before navigating through the fog in the second for an impressive combined time of 2 minutes and 38.75 seconds, enough to secure the last men’s event before the Sochi Olympics.

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal failed to finish but maintained his lead atop the overall World Cup standings despite Marcel Hirscher’s solid performance. The German sensation narrowed the gap after crossing the finish line 1.51 seconds off the pace.

Alexis Pinturault produced a solid second run but it wasn’t to be for the Frenchman as he eventually had to settle for third place, 1.69 seconds behind Ligety.

Sweden’s Matts Olsson and Philipp Schoerghofer of Austria finished fourth and fifth respectively while Bode Miller had to withdraw from the event after crashing out halfway into the first run.