Ted Ligety moves full speed into the 2014 Olympic season after a season that placed his name among the legends of alpine skiing. (Getty Images/Erich Spiess - Pool)
The tech team of the men's U.S. Ski Team recently concluded a productive training camp at Mammoth. Coach Forest Carey, recently promoted by the team, ran the early portion of the camp and Ski Racing Magazine caught up with him between planes to a surfing
High performance, conditioning and teamwork will be the focus of the staff assembled by men's alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick for the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and Sochi Olympic Winter Games season.
As the U.S. Alpine Ski Team turns their focus to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, a look back on the historic 2013 season has the team poised for success in Sochi.
World Championships gold medalists and Audi FIS Alpine World Cup champions Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) have again been honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee as Athletes of the Month, this time for March.
Park City Mountain Resort will welcome home World Champion and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) on Saturday, April 6 with a free public celebration beginning at 1 p.m. MT at the resort plaza.
Triple World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped a career best season Saturday with massive 1.48 second wire-to-wire slalom victory to close men's competition at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
World Championship gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) roll to the hometown of Olympic gold winner and record setting major championship medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) March 20-24 for the Nature Valle
VIDEO: Ligety Wins Lenzerheide GS
World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) punctuated the best season of his career with a sixth giant slalom win at the World Cup Finals on Saturday. He joined Ingemar Stenmark as the only other man to win six or more World Cup giant slalom races a season
World Champion Ted Ligety wrapped up the best season of his career Sunday in Lenzerheide with a third overall finish in the Audi FIS World Cup standings.
World Champion Ted Ligety punctuated the best season of his career with a sixth giant slalom win at the World Cup Finals on Saturday.
Super G World Champion Ted closed the best speed season of his career with seventh in the men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G standings after the final race was canceled due to high winds.
Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and the U.S. Ski Team head into the Alpine World Cup Finals with serious momentum.
Ted Ligety moved up to third overall in the World Cup standings Sunday after finishing 18th in the slalom at Kransjka Gora, Slovenia.
VIDEO: Ligety Locks Up GS Title
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) shredded the wet snow with authority, winning the Kranjska Gora giant slalom and securing the fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup GS title of his career.
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Skiing always comes first for 2006 Olympic gold medalist and four-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.
Describing 2013 as a "breakout" season for Ligety is a drastic understatement. Ligety set the tone from the very first race with an historic 2.75-second giant slalom victory in Soelden. The tone then turned to full-on rock concert volume as Ligety won all but two GS races (most by monster margins), to win the fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title of his career. The six GS wins also put him in some pretty elite company, as the only other man to win that many in a single season is Ingemar Stenmark. The victory parade, paired with incredible success in super G and a decent slalom season, put him over the 1,000-point barrier for the first time in his career, placing him third in the overall standings.
But that was just World Cup. At the World Championships, Shred nailed super G gold, super combined gold and defended his GS gold. The hat trick made him the first man since Jean Claude Killy did it 45 years ago at the 1968 World Championships.
A better description of Ligety's 2013 season might be that he went from being one of the best skiers in the world to a legend of the sport.
It’s so tough to choose between the GS globe and my three gold medals; they are all so awesome and they all mean so much. But the globe I think is really cool, as you have to be good all year while for the World Championships you could get lucky here and there. Anyhow, it’s an awesome feeling to have the season I just had!
For me, my World Championships is the highlight of my year because those two weeks there was the best performance in skiing that I’ve had in my career. To do that over that period of time was really great. Being on the podium every race in giant slalom and winning six of eight is a really cool feeling.
Those records aren’t really my goal. It’s really neat to be able to achieve them. Anytime you’re mentioned in the same sentence as Stenmark is very surreal for any ski racer because he’s at another level that I don’t think is ever achievable. So to be at least mentioned in the same breath as him is a really cool feeling and something that I never would have guessed would be possible.
Yeah, it’s cool to be able to get third place in the overall. It’s a big step forward in the right direction for trying to go for the big globe. It’s nice to be among those names for next year and hopefully I can improve in other areas of my skiing.
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