Ligety number one in Austria
Ted Ligety kicked off the new season in style by finishing first in the giant slalom ahead of Alexis Pinturault and Marcel Hirscher on Sunday.
The 29-year-old American, who is now the first man to claim three successive triumphs in Soelen, produced a blistering performance to clock a time of 1min 59.50sec.
The triple world champion also equalled Austrian legend Hermann Maier's three wins in Soelen courtesy of Sunday's success.
The 29-year-old, who led after the first run, produced a blistering performance in the season-opening race for men beating Frenchman Alexis Pinturault (2:00.29) and Austrian Marcel Hirscher (2:00.52).
Pinturault, 22, made up some early lost time to finish second, equalling his performance from 2011, for his 15th World Cup podium.
"It's a nice confirmation that I'm on the right way," commented Ligety, who has already stated he wants to claim the overall World Cup title this season.
Downhill world champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who had been one of the favourites to win, finished joint fourth with France's Steve Missillier.
American legend Bode Miller, who took last season off and was competing in his first World Cup race since February 2012, skied smoothly but finished 19th.
The World Cup next moves to Levi, Finland on November 16-17.