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Ted Ligety wins giant slalom championship

March 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland, March 16 (UPI) -- Ted Ligety of the United States won the men's World Cup giant slalom season championship Saturday with a victory over Marcel Hirscher at the World Cup Finals.

Ligety turned in a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 14.76 seconds, edging the Austrian, who finished with a 2:15.13 and had earlier clinched the overall World Cup points title.

Alexis Pinturault of France took third.

The win Saturday was Ligety's sixth first place in eight World Cup giant slaloms this season.

He led after the first run and had the second-fastest time in the second run.

"It was a really cool season and to finish it up with a victory ... I couldn't be more pleased," said Ligety, the first World Cup skier since Ingemar Stenmark to win six giant slaloms in a single season.

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