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Vonn Wins Men's Giant Slalom Ski Race - 2002-03-20

Thomas Vonn has won the men's giant slalom ski race in Olympic Valley, California, to claim his first national title.

Vonn finished the two runs in one minute, 47.41 seconds Tuesday in the final event of the U.S. Alpine Championships that began Friday. Vonn took the lead after the first run and held on to edge Tom Rothrock by .24 of one second. Erik Schlopy was third and Bode Miller, who won a silver medal in the giant slalom at the Salt Lake City Olympics, placed fourth.

The race closed a 13-year U.S. team career for Casey Puckett, who at the Salt Lake City Games became just the second U.S. male Alpine skier to compete in four Olympics. Puckett entered the race as defending champion, based on the giant slalom title he won two years ago. The event was canceled last year. Puckett retires as a five-time U.S. champion. He made his final run in a bear costume.