Ted made his Olympic mark on Feb. 19, winning the gold medal in the giant slalom event and becoming only the second American in history to win two Olympic gold medals in skiing.
In a sport that measures results by the hundreds of a second, Ted Ligety destroyed his competition in Sochi, winning gold in the giant slalom and beating Steve Missillier of France, who won silver, by 0.48 seconds. Ted was ahead of bronze medalist Alexis Pinturault of France by 0.64 seconds.
Ted Ligety Wins Gold — First In Giant Slalom At Sochi Winter Olympics
Since 2006, Ted has perfected a new way of turning, leading him to produce fast times. “Starting to turn earlier and finishing later than most guys,” he explained, is what makes him successful.
Mid-turn, Ted’s body is near horizontal to the hill! This agility gives him great power and speed.
Ted, 29, trains in Park City, Utah.
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Ted Ligety’s Decorated Career
Ted has won four World Cup season titles and two world championships. He previously won a gold medal in the combined event in the Torino, Italy, but he missed the podium in the Vancouver Olympics.
Before winning gold in Sochi, Ted won the world championship in giant slalom.
We is also reigning world champion in the super-G and super-combined, but placed 14th and 12th in those events in Sochi, respectively.
“The combined was definitely a big disappointment, mostly because I knew I could’ve skied a lot faster,” Ted said, according to USA Today. “That’s the most disappointing thing. Super-G I skied great and just made a huge mistake. Without that one mistake it would’ve been close for a medal. That’s frustrating but at least I knew I was skiing fast. I’ve known coming in here that my GS is in a good spot so I’m happy to be able to ski the way I know I can ski.”
But it all worked out in the end and Ted got his gold!
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