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Capturing the gold medal in men's giant slalom on Wednesday was doubly sweet for Team USA's Ted Ligety.
Not only did the win make Ligety the first American male Alpine skier with two career golds, but it erased his disappointing memories of 2010 in Vancouver, when he placed ninth overall in the event.
The victory also turned around what otherwise might have been a bitter personal effort in Sochi, including finishing 14th in the men's super-G and 12th in the super combined last week—an event where Ligety said he "choked," via Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne.
"I've been wanting to win this medal my whole life, but in a realistic sense the last four years," Ligety said on Wednesday, per USA Today's David Leon Moore. "All season long everybody talks about the Olympics, Olympics, Olympics. At a certain point I was just like, 'Let's do it already.'"
His two-run combined time was 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds, which put him 0.48 seconds ahead of silver medalist Steve Missillier and 0.64 in front of bronze medalist Alexis Pinturault, both of France.
Ligety's first career gold came in the men's combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics.