Ligety out-skis the rest of the world again

Ted Ligety was on fire again Sunday when he cruised to his second victory in as many giant slaloms of the World Cup ski season. The American smashed the opposition with a combined total of 2 minutes 25.59 seconds for his 13th career win. Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was a distant second in 2:27.35 and Davide Simoncelli of Italy took third place in 2:27.66. Ligety won the opening giant slalom in October in Soelden, Austria, by 2.75 seconds, the seventh-biggest margin in World Cup history. He was in a world of his own again yesterday as he raised his first-run lead by almost a second to 1.76 seconds. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway rose from 17th after the first run to sixth and maintained the World Cup lead with 400 points. Ligety rose to second on 320 and has a perfect 200 in the giant slalom list. The men's World Cup continues next weekend in Val d'Isere, France. (DPA)