Ted Ligety shreds to a season-opening victory at Soelden in October 2015. (Getty Images/Mitch Gunn)
After two days of speed, the tech guys were ready to go in Val d’Isere for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was the top American of the day, taking 11th place.
Four-time Soelden winner Ted Ligety returned from injury to take fifth place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener giant slalom.
The spirit of ski racing is swirling around Soelden, as the crew preps the stage for one of the biggest shows in ski racing: the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener kicking off the 50th anniversary of the tour.
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Three USSA athletes, Kiley McKinnon, Ted Ligety and Liz Stephen, will be honored at the be honored at the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) suffered an injury to his right knee while training giant slalom in Oberjoch, Germany.
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Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) finished ninth to led the way for the U.S. Team in Monday night’s new Audi FIS Alpine World Cup parallel giant slalom.
Ted Ligety led a re-charged men’s tech team that placed three athletes in the top 12 at Alta Badia Sunday in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom competition.
David Chodounsky skied to a career-best fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Audi FIS World Cup Slalom in Val d’Isere.
In the past, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) has said that Val d’Isere’s La Face de Bellvarde is “miserable to ski,” and Saturday’s race confirmed that, as Ligety made a big mistake in the giant slalom and did not qualify for second run.
The tech teams head to Val d'Isere and Åre and kick off racing on Saturday.
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Skiing always comes first for 2006 and 2014 Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety. Whether it's dropping cliffs, taking the snowmobiles into the Utah backcountry or laying down some of the most incredible angles in all of ski racing, "Shred" is constantly pushing and evolving the sport.
Ligety had a lot to live up to following a historic 2013 season that solidified him as one of the legends of the sport. He again set the tone with season-opening wins in Soelden and Beaver Creek, and then rocketed into Sochi as the favorite to win the giant slalom gold medal. Being the favorite and then delivering on that expectation is the most challenging position to hold in all of sport. Ligety delivered and became the first American man to win a giant slalom gold medal, which also marked him as the only man in U.S. history to win two Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing.
In 2015, Ligety successfully defended his World Championships giant slalom title—his third straight—which was his biggest goal. With World Championships on home soil and a track that Ligety loves, it was an arc-er's show starring Ted Ligety. He shredded the track, gaining speed and building his lead the entire way down, and he gave the massive crowd something to cheer for. The 2016 season started off with a bang for Ligety, as he won the giant slalom over France's Thomas Fanara and rival Marcel Hirscher from Austria, and then snagged a surprise second place ahead of teammate Andrew Weibrecht in the super G at Birds of Prey on a technical course set, which was a historic day for the American men with four in the top 11. Ligety struggled to find his groove, though, and a mid-season crash during training at Oberjoch, Germany resulted in a career first season-ending knee injury. Ligety looks to come back stronger than ever for the 2017 season as he sets his sights on the giant slalom title once again, and hopes to defend his World Championship title at St. Moritz.
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