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Cuche captures overall giant slalom title

Cuche kisses his giant slalom crystal globe

(Reuters)

Didier Cuche has won alpine skiing's giant slalom crystal globe after finishing third in the final World Cup race in Åre, Sweden.

A crystal globe goes to the season's best skier in each World Cup discipline. Cuche topped the final GS standings with 474 points.

Austria's Benjamin Raich, who won Friday's event, was second overall with 462 points. Ted Ligety of the United States – last year's title holder – came third overall with 421 points. He finished second in the day's race.

Cuche clocked the third-fastest time in the first of two runs on Friday, 0.86 seconds behind Raich, despite dropping one of his poles at the top of the course.

"I had to manage 40 gates with just one pole, it wasn't easy," Cuche said. "But I think I did a good job."

It is the first giant slalom title for Cuche. Normally a specialist in the super-G and downhill, Cuche finished seventh in both those speed disciplines this season, after winning the downhill the past two seasons.


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