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U.S. Athletes Fill Ski Racing and Freestyle Podiums

By December 18, 2012

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Last weekend was a big one for World Cup ski racing with competition stretching from last Friday through yesterday and the U.S. Team was in the thick of the battles.

Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) threw down a dominating first run - leading by 2.40 second - that prompting speculation on the possibility of matching the record margin of 4.06 held by Ingemar Stenmark and set him up for a repeat win in an Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia by 2.04 seconds over Austrian Marcel Hirscher.

Ted wasn't the only U.S. Team member on the podiums - Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) came out of the 37th start position to steal a victory on the foggy, snowy Saslong Classic Downhill and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) kicked the season off with a bang, winning the FIS Freestyle World Cup opener.

Leanne Smith parlayed an early start number into a career first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium, finishing second in the Val d'Isere downhill behind Swiss winner Lara Gut.

Read More: Weekend World Cup Ski Racing and Freeskiing Competition Wrapup

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