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Ted Ligety wins super-G world title

Feb 6, 2013, 7:21 AM EDT

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American Ted Ligety picked a good time to earn his first career super-G victory Wednesday, winning the world title in surprising fashion.

The Torino combined gold medalist clocked a time of 1:23.96 in Austria to beat out France’s Gauthier De Tessieres by only 0.20 seconds. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal finished third, another 0.02 back.

“It’s wonderful. I can’t believe it,” Ligety said. “It was a tough race, slippery with tough turns but I kept fighting. I think my love for free skiing must have helped me today in those difficult conditions.”

Ligety, a giant slalom specialist who won the world title two years ago in Germany, earned two fourth places finishes in super-G this year, but hadn’t even been on a podium since finishing second at a World Cup race in France back in 2009.

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