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    Charles Krupa - AP
    Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States poses for photographers with the American flag on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Christophe Ena - AP
    Gold medal winner, United States' Ted Ligety skis in the second run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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    Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Luca Bruno - AP
    Gold medal winner, United States' Ted Ligety skis in the second run of the men's giant slalom to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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    Alessandro Trovati - AP
    Gold medal winner, United States' Ted Ligety skis in the second run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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    Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Charlie Riedel - AP
    Gold medal winner, United States' Ted Ligety skis in the second run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    Alessandro Trovati - AP
    Gold medal winner Ted Ligety of the United States approaches a gate in the second run of the men's giant slalom the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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    Christophe Ena - AP
    United States' Ted Ligety skis to the finish to win the gold medal in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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    Luca Bruno - AP
    United States' Ted Ligety passes a gate in the first run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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    Charlie Riedel - AP
    Gold medal winner, United States' Ted Ligety skis in the second run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    Alessandro Trovati - AP
    Gold medal winner Ted Ligety of the United States skis in the second run of the men's giant slalom the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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    Christophe Ena - AP
    United States' Ted Ligety celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Supporters of Ted Ligety display a banner during the flower ceremony for Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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    Alexander Hassenstein - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States celebrates with his mother, Cyndi Sharp, during the flower ceremony for the the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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    Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal, Steve Missillier of France wins the silver medal, Alexis Pinturault of France wins the bronze medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Charlie Riedel - AP
    United States' Ted Ligety celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Gero Breloer - AP
    United States' Ted Ligety celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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    Gero Breloer - AP
    United States' Ted Ligety poses for pictures with the American flag after winning the gold medial in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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    Charles Krupa - AP
    Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States wears the American flag on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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    Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Charles Krupa - AP
    Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States leaves the podium after a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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    Christophe Ena - AP
    Men's giant slalom bronze medalist, France's Alexis Pinturault jumps onto the podium during a flower ceremony as gold medal winner Ted Ligety, left, applauds at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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    Gero Breloer - AP
    Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States, left, and bronze medal winner Alexis Pinturault of France, right, stand on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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    Christophe Ena - AP
    Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States poses for photographers on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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    Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom - Getty Images
    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA wins the gold medal, Steve Missillier of France wins the silver medal, Alexis Pinturault of France wins the bronze medal during the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    Christophe Ena - AP
    Men's giant slalom medalists, from left, France's Steve Missillier (silver), United States' Ted Ligety (gold) and France's Alexis Pinturault (bronze) pose for photographers on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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    Charles Krupa - AP
    Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States poses for photographers with the American flag on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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