Austrians sweep men's giant slalom

March 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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SCHLADMING, Austria, March 17 (UPI) -- Austria's Marcel Hirscher won the men's giant slalom title Saturday and moved into the overall World Cup points lead.

Hirscher, who won Saturday's race with a combined-run time of 2 minutes, 25.53 seconds, clinched the season title for the giant slalom and moved 25 points ahead of Beat Feuz of Switzerland in the overall standings with only Sunday's slalom remaining.

Austria swept Saturday's podium with Hannes Reichart in second place with a 2:25.72, and Marcel Mathis placing third.

Ted Ligety of the United States came in 25th and missed his shot at the GS crown. Ligety nearly skied out on the first run but came on strong in the second to finish with a total time of 2:35.56.

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