GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Ted Ligety produced a clean second run under declining conditions and gave the United States its first gold medal of the world championships Friday when he won the giant slalom title.
Ligety jumped from fourth to first, making virtually no mistakes on a course softened by mild weather, and edged Cyprien Richard of France by .08 seconds.
"It was nerve-wrecking for sure," Ligety said. "This slope is difficult, especially in these conditions. I thought I'd lost it. I feel so lucky to come back and win it."
Richard moved up from seventh after the first run.