"I'm just going to push hard in the race," said Ligety, who needs Olympic gold to complete his GS set.
MR. ANGRY: France's Pinturault had several days to calm down after failing to finish the super-combined slalom course.
"He was angry," France coach Patrice Morisod said. "I think (in) his last 50 runs in slalom he didn't make such a mistake."
Still, the misstep perhaps set up Pinturault for his main events, with Saturday's night slalom to come.
"It's his first Olympics, he's only 22," Morisod said.
MR. CONSISTENT: Hirscher is probably the world's best slalom skier, and his consistency in giant slalom is also impressive.
He has top-three finishes in 19 of the past 20 GS races, including silver behind Ligety at the 2013 worlds.
Hirscher was last of the trio to arrive in Sochi, noting reports of earlier Olympic races for Ligety and Pinturault.
"I have heard a lot, I have seen a lot, I read a lot. But it's always tough to say how bad it is," said Hirscher, who trained at Reiteralm, Austria. "About me, I am really relaxed."
If Hirscher needed motivation, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics he was fourth in GS, just 0.08 second behind bronze medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
OTHER CANDIDATES: Svindal has left early, citing allergies to help explain his unexpected failures, though the other Vancouver medalists will start Wednesday.
Carlo Janka of Switzerland defends his title, and a repeat silver medal would give Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud medals of each color here.
Felix Neureuther got a rare World Cup GS win last month but a neck injury sustained crashing his car last week in Munich, Germany, could prevent him starting.
Germany team director Wolfgang Maier said Neureuther trained indoors on Tuesday and will wait until Wednesday morning to decide if he is fit to race.
The first run is scheduled 11 a.m. (0700 GMT).
TINA TRIPLE?: Tina Maze has two gold medals, in downhill and giant slalom, and she could have swept all four Alpine races so far.
Now she must decide how to approach the slalom under floodlights on Friday.
"Let her enjoy what she's done now," Maze's head coach and boyfriend, Andrea Massi, said after her GS win Tuesday. "Then the slalom, if she wants to, she can compete."
A third gold would tie Maze with Janica Kostelic of Croatia, who went 3-for-5 at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.