Ligety of US wins GS for 3rd gold medal at worlds

February 15, 2013 - 9:31 AM
Austria Alpine Skiing Worlds

United States's Ted Ligety passes a gate during the first run of the men's giant slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Friday, Feb.15, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Ted Ligety has become the first man in 45 years to earn three gold medals at the skiing world championships by winning the giant slalom in dominating style.

The American can match French great Jean-Claude Killy, who earned four golds in 1968, if he wins the slalom on Sunday.

Defending champion Ligety, who also took the super-G and super-combined titles, built on his large first-run lead to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 28.92 seconds.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria was 0.81 behind in second, and Manfred Moelgg of Italy took third, trailing Ligety by 1.75.