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Ted Ligety claims giant slalom at worlds

Updated: February 18, 2011, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Ted Ligety would never make light of an Olympic gold medal. He just finds his giant slalom world title more satisfying.

Here's the difference: When Ligety won the combined at the 2006 Torino Games he was a relatively unknown skier. On Friday, he was without question the one to beat, having opened the season with three consecutive GS victories.

"It's a lot tougher coming into a race or a championship knowing you're the big favorite," Ligety said. ...

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