Hirscher turns in fast final run to beat Ligety
Sunday, December 4, 2011
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- Marcel Hirscher of Austria turned in a blazing final run to overtake Ted Ligety and win a World Cup giant slalom.
Hirscher finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 38.45 seconds on Sunday, holding off Ligety by 0.16 seconds. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was third.
Ligety held a slim 0.21-second advantage after a flawless opening run, but he couldn't duplicate the performance on his final pass. Ligety, who won the GS at this venue last season, made a big bobble near the end that cost him valuable time.
Hirscher had a smooth and steady run to earn his fourth World Cup win.
Bode Miller had a ragged first run and didn't make the top 30. He hurt his back on an early mistake, but said it was only tweaked.