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Ted Ligety, Bode Miler top the podium at FIS World Cup giant slalom race

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Winter Olympics medalists Ted Ligety and Bode Miller combined forces to win gold and silver medals at the FIS World Cup alpine giant slalom race at Beaver Creek, CO today.

The FIS World Cup giant slalom champion, Ligety scorched the elite field by winning both runs for a combined 2:35.77 victory. On this technical course, Ligety proved he is a frontrunner for gold at the Sochi Olympics in February. This race marked his fourth straight GS win, matching Italy’s Alberto Tomba’s streak in 1991.

Long-time teammate Bode Miller, who missed last season in its entirety due to knee surgery, nabbed the runner-up spot, zig-zagging to a 2:37.09 finish. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won the bronze (2:37.59) to round-out the podium.

Despite challenging course conditions, the American duo seized the home slope advantage to go 1-2, the first time an American pairing has pulled-off this feat since Miller and Daron Rahlves took top honors in a 2005 giant slalom race.

Ligety said, “I feel like I skied well the whole way down, considering the conditions are tough out there; it’s pretty bouncy. I was able to arch the places I needed to arch.”

The U.S. Alpine squad next travels to Val D’Isere, France for giant slalom and slalom races, on their road to the Sochi Olympics.

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