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Alpine skiing: Ligety wins World Cup giant slalom

American Ted Ligety cruised to victory in the men's giant slalom Sunday, becoming the first man in 22 years to win four consecutive giant slaloms. Ligety won in a combined time of two minutes, 35.77 seconds to beat fellow American Bode Miller (2:37.09) and Austria's Marcel Hirscher who finished third in 2:37.59. Ligety set a blistering pace in the first run that left him more than a second ahead of the field. He equalled Alberto Tomba's mark of four straight wins which the Italian set in 1991.

Alpine skiing: Ligety leads in men's giant slalom

US ski ace Ted Ligety looked well on his way to bagging a historic third straight win at Soelden Sunday, clocking the fastest time in the men's giant slalom first run. The 29-year-old triple world champion raced down the course in 1min 00.44sec, ahead of young French talent Alexis Pinturault at 1:01.34 and Austrian star Marcel Hirscher at 1:01.42. Ligety had already stunned the competition last year by winning the opening race of the World Cup season with a 2.75sec lead.

Alpine Skiing: Ligety wins final World Cup giant slalom

American Ted Ligety won the final giant slalom of the season here on Saturday, underlining his supremacy in the discipline. The 28-year-old world champion had already sewn up the World Cup giant slalom title for the fourth time. Austria's overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second here with 21-year-old Frenchman Alexis Pinturault in third. It was Ligety's sixth World Cup win of the season. stp/bc/gnf

UPDATE 1-Alpine skiing-Ligety wins giant slalom Cup in Kranjska Gora

(Adds quotes, background) By Patrick Lang KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia, March 9 (Reuters) - Taking risks paid off for American Ted Ligety as he won the Kranjska Gora giant slalom for a fifth time on Saturday to secure the World Cup in the discipline. It was the triple world champion's fourth giant slalom crystal globe and the victory on the Podkoren slope, one of his favourites on the circuit, was his fifth of the season.

Alpine Skiing: Ligety clinches giant slalom World Cup

Ted Ligety of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom at Kranjska Gora on Saturday, ensuring he takes the crystal globe for the overall season winner in the discipline. Second place behind the American went to Marcel Hirscher of Austria with France's Alexis Pinturault in third. It is the fourth time that Ligety has won the World Cup giant slalom title after his season victories in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He is also the reigning world champion in the giant slalom.

CORRECTED-Alpine skiing-Kranjska Gora win gives Ligety giant slalom Cup

(Corrects number of crystal globes won in 2nd para) By Patrick Lang KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia, March 9 (Reuters) - American Ted Ligety won the Kranjska Gora giant slalom for a fifth time on Saturday to secure the World Cup in the discipline. It was the triple world champion's fourth giant slalom crystal globe and the victory on the Podkoren slope, one of his favourites on the circuit, was his fifth of the season.

Alpine Skiing: Ligety clinches giant slalom World Cup

Ted Ligety of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom at Kranjska Gora on Saturday, ensuring he takes the crystal globe for the overall season winner in the discipline. Second place behind the American went to Marcel Hirscher of Austria with France's Alexis Pinturault in third. It is the fourth time that Ligety has won the World Cup giant slalom title after his season victories in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He is also the reigning world champion in the giant slalom. tba-ol/ak/as

Alpine sking: Super Ted - all hail Ligety after treble gold

Ted Ligety has etched his name in the pantheon of ski greats after sealing a third men's gold at the World Ski Championships, a feat last achieved by Jean-Claude Killy in 1968. Not taking anything away from French icon Killy, skiing has come a long way since the 1960s, and for a skier nowadays to dominate multiple events is a rare feat given technical advancements that invariably accentuate specialisation in either the speed or techical events.

Alpine skiing-No presidential text for low-profile Ligety

By Brian Homewood SCHLADMING, Austria, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Ted Ligety might not have received a message from President Barack Obama after completing his hat-trick of skiing world titles on Friday, but it was still an astonishing achievement. An unassuming figure in a sport which struggles for airtime outside a few Alpine nations, the American was just happy to get a few texts from his closest friends.

Alpine skiing: King Ted lets his skis lead the way

Triple gold-medallist Ted Ligety may have dominated the world championships but if he is to be believed, his skis do all the work and he just follows along. The 28-year-old American breezed to a world title in the super-G and super-combined before successfully defending his giant slalom medal on Friday, making his runs down icy courses at speeds approaching 115kph look like a walk in the park. But the cool exterior was deceptive, he insisted after snatching his third world championship gold in Schladming and fourth overall.
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