Winter sports: Ted Ligety finished third in World Cup giant slalom race
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany • Park City native and world champion Ted Ligety finished third in a World Cup giant slalom race on Sunday, as Alexis Pinturault of France used a daring second run to win the event.
World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished second.
Ligety, the GS specialist who also won two other gold medals at the worlds in Schladming, Austria, that concluded a week ago, was fifth after an error-filled first run. The American also made a mistake in the second heat, losing his line at the same spot where Neureuther nearly went off the course.
Ligety, who was 0.63 behind the winner, had won four of the previous five giant slaloms this season and would have set a record with a fifth victory. He has two third-place finishes and leads the giant slalom standings by 105 points over Hirscher. A win is worth 100 points and there are two races remaining.
"Third place is not what you want to be getting at this stage, but I'll take it," Ligety said. "In the first run I just made a ton of little mistakes. In the second I was lucky not to get into too much soft snow in that turn. You have to take risks."
Tina Maze of Slovenia clinched her first overall World Cup title Sunday in Meribel, France, winning the super-combined for her eighth victory this season with nine races still to go.
Maze led the downhill section and coasted home in the slalom after Maria Hoefl-Riesch crashed out of contention. She also tied a season record with her 18th top-three finish.
Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins gave the United States its first gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Nordic world championships Sunday in Val Di Fiemme, Italy, with a victory in the women's team sprint.
The American duo finished 7.8 seconds ahead of defending champions Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter of Sweden, which also finished second in the men's event.
Olympic champion Jason Lamy Chappuis led France to victory in the Nordic combined team event at the world championships, and the United States took bronze for its first medal at worlds in the event in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.
American Bill Demong came in 4.2 seconds behind Lamy Chappuis.
Bradley Wilson of the United States and Miki Ito of Japan won World Cup dual moguls events in Inawashiro, Japan.
In the men's final, Wilson beat Alex Bilodeau of Canada for his first dual moguls victory of the season. Joseph Discoe, also of the United States, was third.
Storylines Ligety misses record
R A win in the giant slalom race Ted Ligety's specialty would have given the Park City native a record five victories this season.