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American Ted Ligety wins World Cup giant slalom

Published: Saturday, March 10 2012 10:03 a.m. MST

Ted Ligety, of the United States, smiles after winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Saturday, March 10, 2012.  (Armando Trovati, Associated Press) Ted Ligety, of the United States, smiles after winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Saturday, March 10, 2012. (Armando Trovati, Associated Press)

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia — Ted Ligety of the United States won the season's penultimate World Cup giant slalom Saturday.

The GS champion in 2008, '10 and '11, Ligety trails leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who finished third, by 92 points with one race remaining — in Schladming, Austria next week.

Ligety built on his commanding first-run lead to finish in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 22.47 seconds to beat second-place Alexis Pinturault of France by 1.61. Hirscher was 2.03 behind.

Beat Feuz of Switzerland, who failed to qualify for the second run, remains in the overall lead with 1,250 points, 55 ahead of Hirscher.

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