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Shred away: Ted Ligety gets off to strong start in giant slalom

Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing Men

United States’ Ted Ligety passes a gate in the first run of the men’s giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Charles Krupa

There’s still another run to go in the giant slalom, but so far “Shred Ted” did exactly that on Wednesday. The U.S. skier put together an impressive 1:21.08 first run, giving him a lead that exceeds one second.

Things didn’t go quite as well for Bode Miller, who finished with a time of 1:23.64. As of this writing, Austria’s Matthias Mayer and France’s Thomas Fanara are tied for second with 1:22.41 times, 1.33 behind Ligety’s eye-popping first run.

Again, there’s another run to go, so don’t hand Ligety the gold just yet. Here’s a live stream link for the second run, which begins at 5:30 a.m. ET.

Men’s giant slalom run 2: 5:30 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

It sounds like Julia Mancuso will be watching:

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