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US ace Ligety records historic hat-trick at Soelden

US' Ted Ligety celebrates his victory after competing in the men's giant slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup on October 27, 2013 in Soelden, AustriaAmerican star Ted Ligety made history on Sunday with a record third straight win in Soelden, in the World Cup season-opening men's giant slalom. The 29-year-old, who led after the first run, gave a blistering performance to beat Frenchman Alexis Pinturault (2:00.29) and Austrian Marcel Hirscher at (2:00.52). The triple world champion -- who won by an astonishing 2.75sec last year -- equalled Austrian legend Hermann Maier's three wins here.