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Austria's Raich leading Beaver Creek giant slalom

Austria's Benjamin Raich leads World Cup giant slalom after 1st run in Beaver Creek

Austria's Raich leading Beaver Creek giant slalom

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- Benjamin Raich of Austria is leading after the first run of a World Cup giant slalom Sunday, with American Ted Ligety close behind despite a broken left wrist.

On soft snow, Raich glided to a time of 1 minute, 15.70 seconds to grab a slight lead over a tightly bunched field. Alexis Pinturault of France is second, just 0.01 seconds back. Marcel Hirscher of Austria is third and Ligety fourth, both well within striking distance.

Raich's older brother, Florian, designed the course setup for the first run. It suited the veteran well as Raich attempts to win his first World Cup GS race since 2009.

Ligety, the defending champion in Beaver Creek, didn't have a clean run but feels a victory is "definitely within grasp."

Updated : 2021-10-17 17:43 GMT+08:00