Giant Slalom: Ted Ligety competes for Gold Medal at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- Ted Ligety won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.

Leading after the first run, Ligety sped down the Rosa Khutor course in a two-leg combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds.

Steve Missillier of France finished second, 0.48 behind, and Alexis Pinturault, also of France, was third, 0.64 behind.

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Ligety's first gold came in combined at the 2006 Turin Games as a 21-year-old -- before he had ever won a World Cup race.

The only other American to win two Olympic golds in Alpine skiing was Andrea Mead Lawrence, who took both the slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Oslo Games.vid

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