Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Ted Ligety of the U.S. won his third gold medal at the skiing World Championship by defending his giant slalom title in Schladming, Austria.
Ligety, the first American and fifth man ever to win three golds at a championship, outdistanced Austria’s Marcel Hirscher by 0.81 second and Italy’s Manfred Moelgg by 1.75 seconds over the two runs.
Ligety won the super-G and super-combined during the current competition in Austria. France’s Jean-Claude Killy won four golds in 1968 and Toni Sailer of Austria took four in 1956, both when the Winter Olympics doubled as the world championships. At world championships, France’s Emile Allais won three in 1937, Norway’s Stein Eriksen had three in 1954 and Sailer had three at 1958.
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