Ligety cruises to giant slalom win in Alta Badia

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By ANDREW DAMPF, Associated Press

ALTA BADIA, Italy (AP) — Ted Ligety cruised to his third giant slalom win of the season by more than two seconds Sunday after an opening run that left his rivals in awe, giving the U.S. Ski Team two wins in two days.

Ligety sliced his way down the classic Gran Risa course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 37.27 seconds. Defending overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second, 2.04 seconds behind, and Thomas Fanara of France was third, 3.27 back.

Ligety posted a 2.40-second advantage over Hirscher in the first run and just needed to make sure he made no major mistakes in the second leg. He had a slight problem midway down in the second run, putting his left hand down on the snow, but quickly regained control.

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