American Ted Ligety won gold Wednesday in the giant slalom race at the Sochi Olympics, beating out two French skiers at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort.
Ligety, a four-time World Cup champion in giant slalom (2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013), claimed the top spot with an overall time of 2:45.29.
The American put up a blistering time of 1:21.08 in the first run; he made a slight error in the second run that cost him some time, but it was not enough to keep him from capturing gold.
Frenchman Steve Missillier was far back in the pack after his first run but he recovered to post the best time of all skiers in the second run to grab silver with an overall time of 2:45.77
His countryman, Alexis Pinturault, captured the bronze with an overall time of 2:45.93.
In another skiing event Wednesday, Finland won gold in the cross-country men's team sprint at the Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex, beating out Russia and Sweden, who captured silver and bronze, respectively.
Finland's Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojärvi posted an overall time of 23:14.89, roughly a second better than the Russian duo of Maxim Vylegzhanin and Nikita Kriukov.
In snowboarding, American-born Russian Vic Wild won gold Wednesday in the men's parallel giant slalom at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, beating out Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini. Slovenia's Zan Kosir captured the bronze.
In the women's event, Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer captured gold, Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi won silver and Russia's Alena Zavarzina took home the bronze. EFE