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Ted Ligety of U.S. wins giant slalom in St. Moritz

Feb. 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Ski Team ended its pre-Olympic campaign on a high note Sunday with Ted Ligety's victory in the World Cup men's giant slalom in Switzerland.

Ligety won at St. Moritz by a wide 1.51-second margin over Marcel Hirscher of Austria, the leader in the men's overall points race, and 1.69 seconds faster than Alexis Pinturault of France.

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"It was nice to get another good race in before Sochi and confirm where I am in giant slalom," said Ligety, who moved up to fourth in the overall standings. "Hopefully I can carry the confidence over the Olympics."

Ligety turned in a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 38.74 seconds on the bumpy course. Pinturault was timed at 2:40.44 and was one of three Frenchmen among the top 10 finishers.

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