Skiing: Ted Ligety held his nerve to defeat a charging Bode Miller in Beaver Creek
Last Updated: 08/12/13 11:38pm
Ted Ligety produced a flawless second run to beat team-mate Bode Miller in the World Cup giant-slalom in Beaver Creek.
Ligety completed the technical course in a combined time of two minutes, 35.77 seconds, eclipsing Miller by 1.32 seconds. Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.
Moments after Miller took the lead with a hard-charging pass through the course, Ligety thrilled the capacity crowd in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with a furious run of his own.
The win means Ligety became the first to capture four straight World Cup giant slalom races since Italy's Alberto Tomba accomplished the feat in 1991.
"It's so funny to be sandwiched behind these two young guys," said Miller, who is returning to the sport after an 18-month hiatus.
"When I skied my first Olympics, Marcel was probably still jumping around in a playground. But while I was away, Ted and Marcel took the GS to a level which did not exist when I left," he added.