SOLDEN (AFP) - America's giant slalom world champion Ted Ligety ended a run of frustrating podium placings here when he won the opening World Cup race in the discipline. The 27-year-old timed 2min 22sec to beat young Frenchman Alexis Pinturault by 29hundredths of a second while Philipp Schorghofer of Austria was third, 51 hundredths of a second adrift. Ligety, a three-time winner of the World Cup giant slalom title, had finished second twice and third in the past three renewals here - last year's second leg of the race was cancelled because of the inclement weather. It rounded off a splendid weekend for the US as Vonn had claimed her first ever World Cup win in the giant slalom.