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Ted Ligety of US dominates for gold in Olympic giant slalom

Ted Ligety has created his own, unique way of skiing. And now, he's in pretty elite company.Carving turns like nobody else, Ligety established a huge first-run lead and then comfortably held on to win the giant slalom at the Sochi Games on Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing."To be able to throw it down in the event I had the most pressure in, and the event I was the favorite in -- to be able to do that is awesome," Ligety said. "This was really the event that I wanted to win. ... I know where I stand in giant slalom."Ligety won in a two-leg combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds.Steve Missillier of France stood only 10th after the first run but had the fastest second leg to finish second, 0.48 behind. Alexis Pinturault, another Frenchman and one of Ligety's chief rivals over the past few seasons, was third, 0.64 behind.Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished fourth, 0.94 back, but will be the favorite for S...

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