Ted Ligety wins discipline title with race to spare

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Ted Ligety, of the U.S., speeds down the course on the way to his fifth World Cup giant slalom win of the year.  SHINICHIRO TANAKA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Ted Ligety, of the U.S., speeds down the course on the way to his fifth World Cup giant slalom win of the year.

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia — Ted Ligety, of the United States, won his fifth giant slalom of the season Saturday to clinch the World Cup discipline title with a race to spare.

It’s his fourth giant slalom title after winning in 2008 and 2010-11. He also successfully defended his giant slalom title at the world championships in February.

“To win here again is a super cool feeling,” said Ligety, who has won in Kranjska Gora five times and been on the podium every year since 2008. “I am really proud of that.”

Ligety held his first-run lead to win in 2 minutes, 35.43 seconds for his 16th career victory, all in the giant slalom.

He established an insurmountable 125-point lead over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who was 0.45 behind in second.

Ligety has finished on the podium in all seven giant slalom races this season and became the first man to achieve that feat since Michael von Gruenigen, of Switzerland, in 1995-96.

Alexis Pinturault, of France, was third, 0.77 behind. Ligety led Hirscher by 0.60 after the opening run, in which the Austrian placed fourth.

In the overall standings, Hirscher extended his lead to 69 points over Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who finished sixth.

WOMEN’S SLALOM: In Ofterschwang, Germany, Anna Fenninger, of Austria, won a World Cup giant slalom, while overall champion Tina Maze became the first woman to make eight giant slalom podiums in one season.

Fenninger protected her lead from the first run to complete the Ofterschwanger Horn course in 2 minutes, 29.39 seconds and finish 0.44 ahead of Maze, who had already clinched the overall and giant slalom titles.

Maze earned her 21st World Cup podium of the season, putting her just one behind Austrian great Hermann Maier’s record from 1999-2000. She has already broken Maier’s record for points in a season, and extended her total to 2,154.

“I’m very happy with the day and the course. The atmosphere was great,” Maze said.

FREESTYLE SKIING: In Voss, Norway, Thomas Wallisch, of the United States, won the slopestyle at the freestyle skiing world championships, beating James Woods, of Britain.

Wallisch scored 94.8 points in his second run, landing four jumps that earned 95 points and one that received 94. Woods took silver with 91.2 points while another American, Nicholas Goepper, overcame a poor first run to take bronze with 89.2.

Canadians swept the top two spots in the women’s race as Kaya Turski took gold ahead of Dara Howell. Grete Eliassen of the U.S. was third.

Turski botched her first run but scored 89.6 points in the second for the win. Howell had 85.6 points and Eliassen finished on 81.2, with both getting their highest score in the first run.


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