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Ligety takes gold in giant slalom

Ligety takes gold in giant slalom

GOLD MEDAL: Ted Ligety of the U.S. reacts after the first run of the men's alpine skiing giant slalom event in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center Feb. 19. Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

By Martyn Herman

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Ted Ligety won the Olympic men’s Alpine skiing giant slalom gold medal on Wednesday, beating two Frenchmen to the top of the podium at the Sochi Winter Games.

Ligety, the clear leader from the first run, made a few mistakes in the second leg but stayed 0.48 seconds ahead of Steve Missillier, who took the silver.

Alexis Pinturault trailed Ligety by 0.64 seconds in the bronze medal position.

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World champion Ligety’s gold was the first for the United States in the Alpine skiing events at the Sochi Games.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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