Ligety retains giant slalom title

Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:36pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article
[-] Text [+]

BEAVER Creek, Colorado (Reuters) - Ted Ligety produced a blistering second run to overtake favored Austrian Marcel Hirscher and retain his giant slalom title at the alpine ski world championships on Friday.

Placed fifth after the morning leg, American Ligety scorched down the twisting Birds of Prey course in the afternoon to post a combined time of two minutes, 34.16 seconds, according to provisional results.

Slalom maestro Hirscher, who led Ligety by just 0.24 seconds after the opening run, stayed out in front through the first three splits before finishing second, 0.45 seconds back.

Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, the bronze medallist at last year's Sochi Olympics, took third with an overall time of 2:35.04.

(Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Gene Cherry)

Feb 13, 2015; Beaver Creek, CO, USA; Ted Ligety of the United States in run two of the men's giant slalom in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Birds of Prey Racecourse. Ligety came in first place. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports