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)
After a solid first run, David Chodounsky loses his pole on the second. He still crossblocks slalom gates to the finish to take 24th overall.
American ski racing fans will have the broadest TV and streaming coverage ever as the U.S. Ski Team takes to the fabled Streif this Saturday for the 75th running of the Hahnenkamm. Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will provide coverage.
Ted Ligety battled the alpine combined—a downhill followed by one run of slalom—to be the top American in Wengen, finishing in fifth place. Downhiller Jared Goldberg skied to 15th, his first top 15 on the World Cup this season.
Another warm and cloudy day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland had the men struggling for results in slalom. David Chodounsky was the top finishing U.S. athlete in 11th, and Ted Ligety was 22nd.
It was a warm day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, following a night of heavy rain. Fighting against the bumpy, salted course, Ted Ligety took seventh and Tim Jitloff 14th.
It was a tough evening in Zagreb, Croatia for the U.S. Ski Team men, who are still comprehending Monday’s devastating news from Soelden, Austria. No Americans finished the night slalom, with only Ted Ligety and David Chodounsky qualifying for a second run
It was a tough day at the office for the U.S. Ski Team, with no finishes in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio. After a string of near misses, Germany's Felix Neureuther finally pulled it together for two runs to win.
Ted Ligety had a phenomenal second run of giant slalom, skiing from seventh place to second in Alta Badia. Tim Jitloff took 12th.
Ted Ligety had a beautiful first run in Sunday's slalom, but straddled a gate second run and skied out. David Chodounsky finished 22nd.
Ted Ligety stood on the podium again, this time grabbing second place after racing under the lights in Are, Sweden.
Lack of snow across mainland Europe has forced the relocation of men’s and women’s giant slalom and slalom races at Val d’Isere and Courchevel, respectively, to Are, Sweden.
VIDEO: Ligety 2014 Beaver Creek GS
Ted Ligety comes from behind, moving up from fourth to take the win with a stunning second run in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom at Beaver Creek.
Ted Ligety destroyed the field, coming back from fourth in the first run to take the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom victory at Beaver Creek for the fifth straight year. Fans can tune-in to NBC at 5:00 p.m. EST today to catch the action.
Andrew Weibrecht skied to a top-10 finish in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, one spot ahead of Ted Ligety, still nursing a broken wrist.
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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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