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Medals awarded in men's Olympic giant slalom

Published On: Feb 19 2014 05:48:34 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 19 2014 12:19:32 PM CST
Ted Ligety giant slalom

REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

American Ted Ligety won the second gold medal of his career Wednesday by besting the competition in the giant slalom.

French skiers took the other two podium spots, with Steve Missillier taking silver and Alexis Pinturault winning bronze.

Of the other Americans in the event, Tim Jitloff finished 15th, Jared Goldberg was 19th and Bode Miller was 20th.

Miller, who won bronze in the super-G on Sunday for his sixth Olympic medal, tweaked his surgically repaird knee during the event and withdrew from this weekend's slalom competition, the last of his events at the Sochi Games.

Miller, who at 36 became the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing history with his super-G performance, hasn't indicated whether he plans to retire from the Olympics after Sochi.

Wednesday's medal for Ligety was his first of the Sochi Games after finishing 12th in the super combined and 14th in the super-G.

Ligety, a 29-year-old Park City, Utah, native, came up big in his Olympic debut in 2006, winning gold in the super combined. He also competed in the giant slalom and the slalom in Turin, but failed to complete either event.

He failed to medal in 2010 in Vancouver, but later became the first man since 1968 to win three gold medals at a single world championships, topping the super-G, giant slalom and super combined in 2013.

That giant slalom world championship was the second of his career, after his first in 2011, and he also can lay claim to four World Cup championships in that event.

In fact, of his 21 World Cup event victories, all but one came in the giant slalom, with the one remaining coming in the super combined just last month in Wengen, Switzerland.

Ligety came into the Olympics No. 3 in the 2014 World Cup giant slalom standings, having earned three victories and a third-place finish in six events so far.

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