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Ted Ligety first American to win Olympic gold in men's giant slalom

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

American Ted Ligety blew away the field to win the gold medal in the men's giant slalom on Wednesday, becoming the first American male to win in the event at the Olympics.

In the first of two runs, Ligety built himself a massive cushion in this, his best event. After the first run Ligety was ahead by a whopping 0.93 seconds over Ondrej Bank of the Czech Republic. It was more than enough of a lead to win with by a comfortable margin after the final run.

Ligety's gold not only makes him the first American to win the event, it's also the second gold medal of Ligety's Olympic career after winning the combined in 2006. He's the first American male to ever win two golds in alpine skiing.

In other words, it was a historic win and he will have plenty of reason to party. The good news is that he already has his party jam.

Bank couldn't hold on to the silver, which went to France's Steve Missillier, who finished 0.48 seconds behind Ligety in his composite time. His French compatriot Alexis Pinturault won the bronze, 0.64 seconds back.

Bode Miller tweaked his knee in the first run and finished in 20th place, right behind USA teammate Jared Goldberg. Tim Jitloff was the second-highest placing American, finishing in 15th place.

 
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