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Height
5-11
Weight
190
 

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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.

After such a successful 2014 season, 2015 proved to be a challenge for Ligety. Defending his World Championships giant slalom title—his third straight—was his biggest goal. After injuring his wrist in training in Colorado prior to Lake Louise, Ted had a rough start to the season. But just two weeks after he suffered the injury, he won the giant slalom at Birds of Prey. With the World Championships on that same track, 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.

FIRST TRACKS
Ligety was on skis at two and began racing at 11, working his way from the Park City Farm Team on up to the Park City Ski Team. Although he played other sports as he went into high school, he says, “Skiing really was my only passion.” U.S. coaches watched and waited as he worked up through the junior ranks, and when he collected slalom silver at the 2004 Junior World Championships and then 23rd in a World Cup slalom, he clinched a place on the ’05 U.S. Ski Team.

OFF THE SNOW
Ligety is the mastermind behind Shred, a company he started with friend Carlo Salmini following the 2006 Olympics. Originally started with goggles, Shred now makes helmets, sunglasses, gloves and outerwear, but more importantly pushes the style envelop with ski racing. Aside from the biz, Ligety digs tennis, Formula one racing, waterskiing, ripping around the Utah backcountry and playing badminton in his backyard court.

 
 

Highlights

OLYMPICS (top 20)
Teams: 2006, 2010, 2014
Gold, GS, Sochi, 2014
Gold, Combined, Torino, ITA, 2006
5th, SC, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
9th, GS, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
19th, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (medals)
Teams: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
Gold, GS, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA, 2015
Gold, GS, Schladming, AUT, 2013
Gold, SG, Schladming, AUT, 2013
Gold, SC, Schladming, AUT, 2013
Gold, GS, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
Bronze, GS, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009

WORLD CUP
Five straight GS victories on Birds of Prey, Beaver Creek, CO
Five-time GS champion (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Won historic six of eight GS races, 2013
Third in overall standings, 2013
Top three in GS standings every season since 2008
First victory (GS, Yong Pyong, KOR, 2006)
First podium (3rd, SL, Beaver Creek, CO, 2005)

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES (7)
2013, SL, Squaw Valley, CA
2007, GS, Alyeska, AK
2007, Combined, Alyeska, AK
2006, SL, Sugarloaf, ME
2006, Combined, Sugarloaf, ME
2005, SL, Mammoth Mountain, CA
2005, Combined, Mammoth Mountain, CA