Simoncelli beats out teammate to win giant slalom |

Simoncelli beats out teammate to win giant slalom

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Italy's Massimiliano Blardone speeds past a gate during the first run of the World Cup men's giant slalom in Pyeongchang, east of Seoul, Saturday, March 4, 2006. Blardone took second place in the race. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Italy’s Davide Simoncelli raced to his first World Cup giant slalom victory of the season Saturday, beating countryman Massimiliano Blardone by 0.08 seconds at Yongpyong Ski Resort.Davide Simoncelli, second in December in Alta Badia, had a two-run time of 2:13.63. He failed to complete the giant slalom in the Olympics at Sestriere.”I’m happy. At Sestriere, I did not do so good, so today was perfect,” he said.

Simoncelli was aggressive Saturday in the second run.”We pushed it in the steeper, and in the steeper I won the race,” he said.Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindel finished third in 2:13.83. Sweden’s Fredrik Nyberg was fourth, followed by Austria’s Benjamin Raich and Canada’s Thomas Grandi.

Erik Schlopy was the lone U.S. finisher, placing eighth in 2:15.29.Blardone leads the giant slalom standings after six races with 344 points. Raich is second with 331, followed by Nyberg (274) and Simoncelli (269).Daron Rahlves failed to finish his second run and Jimmy Cochran failed to finish the first run, while Chip Knight was disqualified in the opening run.

Defending World Cup champion Bode Miller was not in Korea, while Torino gold medalist Ted Ligety did not start.The men will compete Sunday in another GS before heading to Japan. Vail, Colorado

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