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Ted Ligety brought home the gold in the men’s Giant Slalom alpine skiing competition at the Sochi Winter Games today, becoming the first American man ever to win multiple alpine Olympic gold medals. Ligety’s previous gold was won in the men’s combined event at the 2006 Turin Games.
After failing to meet expectations in his earlier races, Ligety grabbed the gold medal in what is largely considered his best event
“I am so thrilled to finally put a race together from top to bottom and to come away with the gold,” Ligety said. “I knew what I needed to do and just let it loose today and skied my best. To be the first American man to win multiple medals means so much to me. Our sport is rich with history and I’m humbled to be a small part of it.”
Ligety is the first man in Olympic history, no matter the country, to have won gold in giant slalom and the combined.
It was thirty years ago today precisely Feb. 19, 1984 that Phil Mahre won gold in the slalom in Sarajevo, brother Steve taking silver setting up the base to make US Skiing what it is today.
“In some kind of way, Ted (Ligety) needed this gold medal to affirm his success and all that he has done for the sport and US Skiing,” said Bill Marolt, the president and chief executive of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. “He just represents all that we believe in, get in unbelievable shape physically, work like hell and stay in the moment. It was awesome to be part of.”
Marolt was privileged to be more a part of Ligety’s medal, as he was one of the two IOC representative presenters at the medal ceremony awarding Ligety the gold.
After the race, Bode Miller announced that his knees were bothering him, that he tweaked his knee in race, and he is done at these Olympics withdrawing from Saturday’s slalom. Miller, however, intends to finish out the World Cup season.
On a side note: Ligety joins fellow Park City Mountain Resort sponsored athletes Sage Kotsenburg (Snowboard Slopestyle) and Joss Christensen (Ski Slopestyle) as gold medal winners in Sochi. Torah Bright (Snowboard Halfpipe), another PCMR athlete and riding for Australia in the Olympics, won a silver medal in these Games.
PCMR’s three golds and one silver medal would rank the resort 12th in the official medal standings as of Wednesday morning. Ted returns to competition Saturday in the men’s slalom.