Ligety leads after 1st run of giant slalom in Colo


BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Ted Ligety of the United States is leading after a solid first run on a tricky course as he bids to win a second straight World Cup giant slalom race.

Ligety finished in 1 minute, 13.49 seconds on Sunday and holds a 0.78-second advantage over Marcel Hirscher of Austria. Davide Simoncelli of Italy was third heading into the afternoon run.

The first skier out of the starting gate, Ligety effortlessly glided through the tight course and made few mistakes. That hardly comes as a surprise, given that he won the season opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, by a whopping 2.75-second margin.

The 28-year-old from Park City, Utah, had won two straight overall GS titles, before Hirscher ended the string last season.

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