Ted Ligety backed up his historic 2013 season with an Olympic gold medal and World Cup title in 2014, once again solidifying his place among the all-time greats. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
One year ago today, the U.S. Ski Team was anxiously anticipating the start of the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships in the United States.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) suffered an injury to his right knee while training giant slalom in Oberjoch, Germany.
Stein Eriksen was regarded as the father of freestyle and the patriarch of style in modern skiing. He helped make skiing what it is today.
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.
It was a heartbreaker for the American fans at Beaver Creek, as expected winner Ted Ligety fell on his first run and did not finish. However, Tim Jitloff took a solid top-15 finish in 14th place and David Chodounsky was 16th.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) stood on the podium on Saturday, taking second and third place respectively at the Birds of Prey super G.
Last month, nearly 1000 racers sent in their view of ‘What Makes a Champion,” all for an opportunity to ski with Ted Ligety. Auden’s talked about his love for practice, the importance of sportsmanship and having fun. Ligety picked the winner himself.
Inspired by the official U.S. Ski Team mascot Champ, the Team kicked off a content series asking athletes and fans about the moment they truly felt like a champion.
U.S. Ski Team’s Ted Ligety has been nominated for Best Male Olympic Athlete in Team USA’s Best of the Year awards.
Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin were nominated for Team USA's Female and Male Athlete of the Month.
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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.
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