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)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Ted Ligety took an enormous lead in the first run of the Olympic large slalom Wednesday, and used to be poised to give the U.S. its first Alpine gold of the Sochi Games.