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Hirscher takes lead after 1st run of giant slalom at worlds

Marcel Hirscher of Austria leads after 1st run of giant slalom at worlds; Ligety in contention

United States' Ted Ligety races down the course during the men's giant slalom competition at the alpine skiing world championships Friday, Feb. 13, 20...
Italy's Roberto Nani races down the course during the men's giant slalom competition at the alpine skiing world championships Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, i...
Austria's Marcel Hirscher races down the course during the men's giant slalom competition at the alpine skiing world championships Friday, Feb. 13, 20...

Worlds Mens Giant Slalom Skiing

United States' Ted Ligety races down the course during the men's giant slalom competition at the alpine skiing world championships Friday, Feb. 13, 20...

Worlds Mens Giant Slalom Skiing

Italy's Roberto Nani races down the course during the men's giant slalom competition at the alpine skiing world championships Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, i...

Worlds Mens Giant Slalom Skiing

Austria's Marcel Hirscher races down the course during the men's giant slalom competition at the alpine skiing world championships Friday, Feb. 13, 20...

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- Marcel Hirscher of Austria holds a slim lead after the first run of the giant slalom at the world championships Friday, with defending champion Ted Ligety of the United States in the thick of things despite tiny mistakes.

Hirscher steadily glided through the course in 1 minute, 15.18 seconds. There's not much separation as five racers are all within 0.48 seconds of Hirscher heading into the afternoon run. That tightly bunched group includes Ligety, who trails by 0.24 seconds. Ligety is trying to win his third straight world title in the discipline.

Roberto Nani of Italy is second, 0.18 seconds off the lead, while Felix Neureuther of Germany and Alexis Pinturault of France are tied for third, 0.23 back.

Hirscher already has a gold medal at Beaver Creek worlds, winning the Alpine combined on Sunday.

There are still lower-tier skiers racing, with 100 competitors in the field.


Updated : 2021-09-20 16:00 GMT+08:00