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)
Ted Ligety is expected back training shortly after suffering an injury to his left wrist training Saturday at Vail's Golden Peak
Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen celebrated a second career Audi FIS Ski World Cup win. Ted Ligety was 18th.
Ted Ligety was 18th, David Chodounsky 26th as Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen took the win in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Levi.
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin dominated last year's Audi FIS World Cup slalom in Levi with a 1.06 wire-to-wire victory.
Huge crowds turned out for the formal announcement of the 2014-15 U.S. Alpine Ski Team at the Nature Valley First Tracks festivities at Copper Mountain
First Tracks Unveiling of this years U.S. Alpine team!
Ted Ligety saw his lead evaporate with a mistake on the time-sucking bottom flats in Soelden, finishing tenth in the season-opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup.
As the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup gets underway this weekend in Soelden, the clock ticked down to 100 days until the Feb. 2-15 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
Ted Ligety goes for a fourth straight on Sunday, with Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso opening on Saturday.
Heavy snow fell overnight and into Thursday morning with up to a meter on the Rettenbach Glacier. Clear skies are expected for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup this weekend.
Felix Neureuther is one of Ted Ligety's top picks for the slalom podium at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
Over 200 partners gathered for USSA Partner Summit 2014 at the team’s Center of Excellence in Park City this week to celebrate Sochi .
Nine U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes have been nominated for five categories at the 2014 ESPY Awards.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Mikaela Shiffrin and former USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt took home top honors at the USSA Awards Dinner.
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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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