USA’s Ted Ligety favored in men’s giant slalom as Sochi looms

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Following his World Cup win this weekend in St. Moritz, U.S. Alpine skier Ted Ligety certainly has momentum on his side going into the Sochi Olympic men’s giant slalom competition on Feb. 19.

But while he’s favored to win the event, he still has to turn back of a field of top rivals led by Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, the current overall leader in the World Cup standings (Ligety is fourth behind Hirscher, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Alexis Pinturault of France).

Hirscher and the rest will be seeking to push Ligety and be there to grab the GS gold should the Utah native falter in Russia. For more on all the contenders in the men’s giant slalom, check out the full event preview from NBCOlympics.com’s Joe Battaglia.

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