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)
Six USSA athletes will be represented at the 2015 Governor’s State of Sport Awards.
The indomitable Marcel Hirscher of Austria took the win, grabbing the slalom World Cup crystal globe from Felix Neureuther and clinching the overall title.
Marcel Hirscher came into the race with the GS globe already secured, which left the men looking for the final World Cup win of the season. 20-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took his second World Cup win in a row, while Ted Ligety was sixth.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety get ready to attack the tech events this weekend during the last races at the World Cup Finals.
he World Cup Finals super G kicked off on another beautiful, bluebird day. Dustin Cook of Canada, who has been dancing around the top spot all season, took his first World Cup win. Andrew Weibrecht was the top American racer, taking 15th.
Tough spring conditions got the best of the American athletes in Kranjska Gora in the last World Cup race before the World Cup Finals. But it didn’t hold back the top guys, who were in the hunt for World Cup points to pad their crystal globe missions.
Ted Ligety was fourth in Saturday's Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Kranjska Gora as Marcel Hirscher of Austria claimed the World Cup GS title.
The USOC has named Ted Ligety as the male Athlete of the Month for February 2015.
Marcel Hirscher posted a 3.28 second winning margin in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety was fourth.
In a turny, technical super G set by American coach Forest Carey that did not excuse any mistakes, the Austrian Matthias Mayer once again emerged victorious. Travis Ganong was the top American finisher, toughing out a ninth place finish.
Now that the stands are empty, the cowbells have quieted and the dust has settled on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, all that is left is the memories.
Ted Ligety stepped into the gate for the second run of the men’s giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek as the defending two-time World Champion. No one in history had ever won three straight.
After almost two weeks of bluebird skies and warm temperatures, winter weather returned for the last day of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Battling blowing snow and difficult visibility, Ted Ligety took 21st and Tim Kelley 23rd.
The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with a strong closing weekend, finishing with five medals.
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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.
Once the Sochi pressure subsided, Ligety was left with only an outside shot to win his fifth World Cup giant slalom title going into the season’s final race. Basically, he had to win the race and his number one competitor, Marcel Hirscher, had to finish fourth. Luckily for Ligety, both became reality and Ligety became the second man in history to have two seasons with five or more World Cup giant slalom wins. Ingemar Stenmark has done it three times.
To top it off, Ligety won a World Cup super combined (his first non-GS victory) and landed on the downhill podium. It’s safe to say he’s a serious future contender the World Cup overall title.
This one is way more meaningful than my first one. I’m not going to say my first gold medal was easy, but it came a lot easier. There were a lot less struggles of the World Cup and struggles of the grind that I hadn’t experienced up to that point. To win a gold medal now, especially having Vancouver being really tough and the Olympics so far here have been somewhat lackluster, and to be able to throw down in an event that I had the most pressure in and I was the favorite in, to be able to do that is awesome. This was really the event that I wanted to win. To be able to pull down in that kind of pressure and to be up there with some of the greats is really an honor.
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