After completing his second run in the giant slalom on Wednesday, Ted Ligety made Olympic history by becoming the first American to win gold in the event. Ligety, who was the overwhelming favorite to win the gold, finished with a time of 2:45:29 in the two-run combined event.
Ligety took an early lead after the first run finishing almost one second ahead of the second-place finisher, Czech Republic’s Ondrej Bank, who ultimately finished fifth overall.
“To be able to throw it down in the event I had the most pressure in, and the event I was the favorite in, to be able to do that is awesome,” said Ligety following his gold medal performance.
The 29-year old Ligety is the reigning world champion in the three events; giant slalom, super-G and super combined. Fortunately, he came back from a slow start in Sochi after finishing 14th in the men’s super-G and 12th in the men’s super combined.
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