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Ted Ligety of U.S. Wins Opening World Cup Giant Ski Slalom

U.S. Skier Ted Ligety
U.S. skier Ted Ligety competes during the second run of the men's giant slalom at the Ski World Cup on October 27, 2013 in Soelden, Austria. Photographer: Alexander Klein/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. skier Ted Ligety won the season-opening men’s World Cup giant slalom for a third straight year today.

Ligety won in an aggregate time of 1 minute 59.50 seconds at Soelden, Austria. France’s Alexis Pinturault came second and overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.

Ligety last season won his fourth World Cup skiing giant slalom season title.

Bode Miller of the U.S. came 19th today, having missed last season through injury.

Switzerland’s Lara Gut won the women’s giant slalom at Soelden yesterday.

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