Austrian tyro Marcel Hirscher set the pace in the first leg of the slalom on Sunday, but American Ted Ligety's bid for a fourth gold at the world championships was dashed after he bombed out.
US skier Ted Ligety speaks to journalists after winning the men's giant slalom at the 2013 Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 15, 2013. Ligety's bid for a fourth gold at the world championships was dashed after he bombed out.
Hirscher, 23, took advantage of his early starting number to nail the Planai course in 55.56sec, a very comfortable 0.28sec ahead of Germany's Felix Neureuther.
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