He came, he saw, he conquered.
On Wednesday afternoon at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Sochi, Ted Ligety became the first American skier to capture gold in the men’s giant slalom.
Ligety, who entered as the favorite and held a commanding lead after his first run, finished with a total time of 2:45.29.
Before Wednesday, the Sochi Games had been a bit of a disappointment for the 29-year-old from Salt Lake City. He came into the giant slalom having finished just 12th in the men’s super-combined and 14th in the super-G.
But all that will be forgotten now, and Ligety will have his name forever etched in the annals of American Olympic history.
Steve Missillier of France, nicknamed “the missile,” led the field up until Ligety’s final run. He ended up with a second-place finish and a silver medal.
Rounding out the podium was Missilier’s compatriot, Alexis Pinturault, who captured bronze. [Full Quote]
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