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Park City's Ted Ligety wins gold in giant slalom

SOCHI, Russia - Park City native Ted Ligety became the first American to win two Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing, winning the giant slalom at the Winter Games in Sochi.
SOCHI, Russia (ABC 4 sports) - Park City's own Ted Ligety brought home the gold in the men’s Giant Slalom alpine skiing competition at the Sochi Winter Games today, becoming the first American man ever to win multiple alpine Olympic gold medals. Ted’s previous gold was won in the men’s combined event at the 2006 Turin Games.

"To be able to be up there with some of the greats is really an honor," said Ligety. "For sure this one is way more meaningful than my first one."

Ligety, an overwhelming favorite in the GS, his strongest event, dominated the race with a 1.5 second lead over the field after the first of two runs before finishing .48 seconds ahead of his closest competitor.

"If I didn't have that buffer it would have been tough to really have to really throw it down as hard as you possibly could," Ligety said. "I felt like maybe I backed off in some places too much. But I did what I knew I needed to do to make it."

Ted has shared a lifelong connection with Park City Mountain Resort, first learning to ski at PCMR as a young child before learning to race there and moving up in the competitive ranks. When home between World Cup events, the Park City native can often be seen skiing PCMR’s slopes on his own time. 

Ted joins fellow Park City athletes Sage Kotsenburg (Snowboard Slopestyle) and Joss Christensen (Ski Slopestyle) as gold medal winners in Sochi. Torah Bright (Snowboard Halfpipe), another Park City athlete and riding for Australia in the Olympics, won a silver medal in these Games.

PCMR’s three golds and one silver medal would rank the resort 12th in the official medal standings as of Wednesday morning. Ted returns to competition Saturday in the men’s slalom.
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