Team USA Alpine ski racer Ted Ligety won gold in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday, securing his second career Olympic gold medal and becoming the first American male Alpine skier to earn two golds, Bleacher Report said.
Ligety finished in a time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds—0.48 seconds ahead of silver-medal-winning Frenchman Steve Missillier. Missillier’s compatriot, Alexis Pinturault would take home bronze.
1 USA Ted Ligety 1:21.08 1:24.21 (+1.02) 2:45.29
2 FRA Steve Missillier 1:22.58 (+1.50) 1:23.19 2:45.77
3 FRA Alexis Pinturault 1:22.44 (+1.36) 1:23.49 (+0.30) 2:45.93
“It’s definitely different than 2006. In the relative sense of things, 2006 kind of came easy for me. It was my first Olympics, my first Olympic race. I was only 21. To win there was a dream come true, but it doesn’t have the same sort of struggles along the way. It didn’t have the same emotions behind it. I knew I was the favorite coming into today. Having struggled in Vancouver, and having had a lackluster Olympics up to today, there was a lot of pressure on me today. I really wanted to perform and ski the way I knew I could ski.”