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 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup regular season wrapped up Sunday with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) leading the U.S. Ski Team with 16th in the Kranjska Gora slalom, one day after taking his career sixth giant slalom win at the venue.
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) captured a historic giant slalom victory Saturday in Kranjska Gora to become the first man in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup history to have won six times at the same venue.
Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) needed a solid Audi FIS Alpine World Cup result Sunday and he got one, finishing seventh in the final super G before the World Cup Finals.
The dramatic conclusion of alpine skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday featured an impressive 13th by Nolan Kasper to top the results for Team USA during an incredibly difficult slalom finale.
Ted Ligety laid down a truly Olympic performance Wednesday to earn the first-ever giant slalom gold medal for the USA at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Andrew Weibrecht took silver and Bode Miller tied for bronze in the men's Olympic super G at Rosa Khotur Sunday.
Five-time Olympian Bode Miller skied into sixth at a particularly tricky slalom race Friday during the super combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Four-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) blasted through thick fog to win the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom before the Olympics by a massive 1.51 second margin over Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
Vail and Beaver Creek host “Countdown 2-15” festivities Saturday, February 1 to celebrate the one-year mark until the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Sochi bound David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) finished 22nd in the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Reigning super combined world champion Ted Ligety skied an inspired slalom run to take second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined in Kitzbuehel, the final race of the U.S. Olympic qualification period.
Defending Olympic Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) led the U.S. Ski Team Friday, finishing 15th at a slick and snowy Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) captured the 20th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory of his career Friday with a stunning super combined victory in Wengen.
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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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