Best of the rest: Marcel Hirscher (Austria), Alexis Pinturault (France).
U.S. chances to medal: Ligety is the closest to a sure thing, although he finished ninth as the favorite four years ago. Nineteen of Ligety's 20 career World Cup wins are in giant slalom. He is the defending world champion and a four-time World Cup event winner. Miller won GS silver in 2002 but at 36 is more likely now to hook a gate and DQ.
Little-known fact: In 2012, Ligety won a World Cup giant slalom race by 2.75 seconds, the largest winning margin since Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's 4.06-second win in 1979 at Jasna, Slovakia.