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March 24, 2013

Ligety wins slalom title

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — World Cup star Ted Ligety won the slalom Saturday in the U.S. Alpine Championships, sweeping both runs for a 1.48 second victory.

Ligety, from Park City, Utah, won his seventh U.S. title and first since 2007 when he won the giant slalom and combined.

“It’s cool to hang out with all the younger kids and it’s cool that they all came out and watched,” Ligety said. “It’s definitely nice to spend some time with the young fans. If you’re going to race, you might as well try to win. I’m definitely happy to put together two slalom runs. I haven’t won a slalom race in a long time.

“They did a great job with the course prep. The conditions were awesome especially for the temperatures. You can really attack it. I’ve never skied at Squaw before, so this is definitely cool to come someplace new and they seem like they’re doing a great job. They did a great job on the hill. The crowd is pretty into it, so it’s fun to have races in places like this.”

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