Germany's Felix Neureuther wins men's giant slalom

ADELBODEN, Switzerland, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Felix Neureuther of Germany won the men's giant slalom in Switzerland Saturday for his second World Cup victory in as many weeks.

Marcel Hirscher wins men's giant slalom in Italy

ALTA BADIA, Italy, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Marcel Hirscher of Austria won his second consecutive World Cup giant slalom Sunday with a half-second margin of victory at Alta Bada, Italy.
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Austria's Mario Matt wins men's slalom

VAL D'ISERE, France, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Mario Matt won the men's World Cup slalom in France Sunday and tied a record for Austrian skiers.

Austria's Hirscher wins World Cup men's giant slalom

VAL D'ISERE, France, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Austria's Marcel Hirscher took advantage of the slippery slope at Val d'Isere Saturday to win the men's World Cup giant slalom by a fraction of a second.

Austria takes top two spots at men's World Cup slalom

LEVI, Finland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Austria's Marcel Hirscher picked up where he left off last season with a victory in the men's World Cup slalom race in Finland.

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Germany's Neureuther wins men's slalom

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland, March 17 (UPI) -- Germany's Felix Neureuther put together two solid runs Sunday to win the men's slalom at the World Cup Finals in Switzerland.

Ted Ligety wins giant slalom championship

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.

Ivica Kostelic wins men's slalom

KRANSJKA GORA, Slovenia, March 10 (UPI) -- Croatian veteran Ivica Kostelic won the men's slalom in Slovenia Sunday for his first World Cup won of the season.

Ted Ligety of U.S. wins giant slalom

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia, March 9 (UPI) -- Ted Ligety of the United States had little trouble with the wet snow in Slovenia Saturday, clinching his fourth World Cup title in the men's giant slalom.

Svindal wins men's super-G again

KVITJELL, Norway, March 3 (UPI) -- Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the men's World Cup super-G race on his home snow Sunday and clinched the season championship in the event.

France's Pinturault wins giant slalom

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Alexis Pinturault of France parlayed a fast first run into his first World Cup victory in Sunday's men's giant slalom at Garmisch.

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Ligety wins third Alpine worlds gold

Ligety wins third Alpine worlds gold

SCHLADMING, Austria, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Ted Ligety of the United States won the men's giant slalom at the Alpine World Championships, becoming the first triple gold medalist at the event since 1958.
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Ted Ligety
France's Stephane Tissot (L) hugs USA's Ted Ligety (R) in the racer's corral waiting for the conclusion of the men's World Cup alpine slalom on the Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colorado December 4, 2005. Tissot finished second with Ligety finishing in third. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)

Theodore Sharp "Ted" Ligety (born August 31, 1984, in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American alpine ski racer. He was the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in combined and the two-time World Cup champion in giant slalom (2008 and 2010). Ligety won the gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2011 World Championships. As of February 2011, he has eight World Cup victories (all in giant slalom), 24 podiums, and 64 top-ten finishes.

Growing up in Park City, Utah, Ligety began skiing at two and racing at eleven. He attended The Winter Sports School and graduated in 2002. He was named to the U.S. Skiing Development Team and won a silver medal in slalom in the Junior World Cup in 2004. He made his first start in a World Cup event during the 2004 World Cup season in the giant slalom at Park City, and he was added to the U.S. Ski Team full-time in the 2005 season, during which he had four top-15 finishes in slalom, placing 24th overall in the discipline.

Ligety recorded his first World Cup podium finish in the first slalom of the season, at Beaver Creek in December, and followed that up with a second and a third during the next three slaloms. Ligety's first major victory of his professional career came at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, held at Sestriere. Ligety won the gold medal in the men's combined event, a major upset after the two racers favored to win the event failed to finish the slalom portion. At age 21, he became the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing in a dozen years, since Tommy Moe won the downhill at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Ligety also became just the fourth American male skier to win Olympic gold, along with Moe, Phil Mahre (slalom, 1984) and Bill Johnson (downhill, 1984). At Turin, Ligety also participated in the giant slalom and the slalom, but he failed to complete either event. Following his Olympic victory in the combined, Ligety recorded his first World Cup victory, a win in the giant slalom in Yongpyeong, South Korea. He finished ninth in the overall World Cup standings for the year, marking the first time that three American men had placed in the top 10 (along with Bode Miller in third and Daron Rahlves in fourth), despite the fact that he did not compete in downhill or Super G that year.

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