Ted Ligety Announces Retirement

 

Ted Ligety Announces Retirement

Ligety Announces Retirement After Golden 17-Year Career

Ted Ligety announced Tuesday morning, that next week’s Giant Slalom at the World Championships in Italy, will be his last race. The 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist is retiring after a remarkable 17-year run with the U.S. Ski Team, and on the World Cup Circuit. Ligety announced his retirement on Instagram, noting he looks forward to spending more time with his wife and three sons as well as focusing on his business, SHRED.

Thank You Ted

Thank you Ted Ligety for all you have done for the sport of skiing in the U.S., and congrats on all your accomplishments! When you ski at such a high level for so long, it’s no surprise the list of accolades is just as long.

Ted Ligety winning gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Credit-Doug Mills/The New York Times

Here are a just a few of his career highlights:

  • 2x Olympic Champion
    • Gold, Alpine Combined, Torino, ITA, 2006
    • Gold, Giant Slalom, Sochi, RUS, 2014
  • 5x World Champion
  • 7x World Championships medalist
  • 3x World GS Champion
  • 5x GS Titleholder (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • 336 World Cup starts
  • 25 World Cup victories
  • 52 World Cup podiums across five disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, alpine combined, super-G, downhill)
  • Sole American male to win two Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing

One last Italian masterpiece?

That list doesn’t begin to describe his true impact on the sport. He was a tremendous ambassador and mentor to help grow the sport in America. He also gave us hope and someone to cheer for in a sport often dominated by Europeans. But, maybe even greater than that, was the simple joy of watching Ted Ligety ski. To see him make a turn is to truly understand what carving on snow is.

A true artist, the snow was Ligety’s canvas, and for 17 years it was a thing of beauty. Here’s hoping he can paint his way to the top of the podium one last time in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy on Feb. 19th. Thank you, Ted!

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