Ted Ligety wins World Cup giant slalom

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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) - Ted Ligety of the United States put together two nearly flawless runs in difficult conditions to win a World Cup giant slalom on Sunday, the last men’s race before the Sochi Olympics.

Ligety, a two-time world champion in the event, overcame poor visibility to finish a massive 1.51 seconds faster than Marcel Hirscher of Austria in the combined time.

“It’s so tough when you can’t see anything, it makes it so much more tiring. I’m glad I was able to make it to the finish line,” said Ligety, who posted the fastest time in both runs.

The convincing win boosted Ligety’s Olympic hopes.

“It’s nice to get in another good race and I hope I can carry that confidence over the next two weeks,” Ligety said.

Hirscher jumped from third to second, while Alexis Pinturault of France fell from second to third after both heats to finish 1.69 seconds behind Ligety.

“The second run was definitely very good, but the first run, to be one and a half seconds behind, was nothing for me,” Hirscher said.

As fog shrouded the middle section of the course, Ligety raced to his 21st career victory and his third in a giant slalom this season. He also has a victory in a super combined this year. Ligety won the first two giant slaloms of the season, with Hirscher getting the next two.

Felix Neureuther of Germany, winner of the previous giant slalom race, skipped the event to rest a painful back before the Olympics.

Hirscher still stayed atop the giant slalom standings and took the lead overall as Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway fell in the second heat. Hirscher is now 58 points ahead of Svindal.

The Austrian has a 95-point lead over Pinturault in giant slalom standings, while Ligety is five points behind the Frenchman.

“It was a very difficult slope but I am pleased because I stayed on the podium,” Pinturault said.

Ligety explained his big margin of victory by taking a different line.

“When it’s bumpy like this, I don’t go so straight, I go a bit closer to the gates. A little mistake will cost you a lot on a course like this,” Ligety said.

Bode Miller of the United States hit a rut and crashed out about halfway into the first run.

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