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)
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.
With sunny, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course, it was a men’s World Champs giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd.
During Tuesday’s World Champs nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals, tying for fifth.
Tuesday afternoon is the nations team event—a duel paneled slalom at Vail, CO as a part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Athletes and organizers boast that it’s the most fun race of the two weeks, but what exactly is this team event?
Throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s combined athletes at the World Championships. Ted Ligety attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal.
With bluebird skies overhead, the men raced the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships super G in Beaver Creek, CO. Ted Ligety was the top finishing American in ninth place, while Bode Miller made his return to ski racing with a huge crash.
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.
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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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