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Hirscher turns in fast final run to beat Ligety

Pat Graham
AP Sports Writer
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, reacts in the finish arena after his win during the men's World Cup giant slalom ski competition, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Marcel Hirscher of Austria turned in a blazing final run to overtake Ted Ligety and win a World Cup giant slalom.

Hirscher finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 38.45 seconds on Sunday, holding off Ligety by 0.16 seconds. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was third.

Ligety held a slim 0.21-second advantage after a flawless opening run, but he couldn’t duplicate the performance on his final pass. Ligety, who won the GS at this venue last season, made a big bobble near the end that cost him valuable time.

Hirscher had a smooth and steady run to earn his fourth World Cup win.

Bode Miller had a ragged first run and didn’t make the top 30. He hurt his back on an early mistake, but said it was only tweaked.

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