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 schedule of events for this weekend's Audi Birds of Prey World Cup has been adjusted.
Despite another day of flat light and a late start number, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) powered through light snow to finish 22nd at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G opener Sunday.
American ski racing fans will be treated to LIVE U.S. TV coverage when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup comes to Beaver Creek, CO later this week.
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) who cracked open the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season with a stunning victory in Soelden, Austria last month, finished a respectable 11th Sunday in the tour's first slalom.
This weekend the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour travels to Levi, Finland, where top U.S. athletes Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety will race slalom alongside a strong list of starters.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee threw a party in Times Square to celebrate the 100 day countdown to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Universal Sports Network will debut Countdown to Sochi, a weekly show capturing the most compelling stories leading up to the 2014 Sochi Games today, October 30, at 8 PM ET.
With 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games kick off in Sochi, here are the stories to watch out for. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Opening weekend action will be brought to the USA live for the first time ever by Universal Sports.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has named Ted Ligety 2012-13 Olympic SportsMan of the Year, its highest annual individual athlete honor.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), a two-time winner of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom.
Snowmaking began Tuesday morning on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in preparation for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team to begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow.
Beaver Creek Resort received its first natural snow of the season Sunday night, just over two months in advance of the mens' and women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races.
Ski Racing Magazine caught up with men's alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick last week as Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) closed out their on snow camp at Coronet Peak in New Zealand.
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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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