Ted Ligety (top left), Sage Kotsenburg (top right), Joss Christensen (bottom right), Torah Bright (bottom left) Photo: The Ski Channel/Tyler Tate
Wednesday 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.
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.
“The great thing about PCMR is that we are a training ground for the athletes, but it is also a place that the athletes come to in their free time,” said Andy Miller, Communications Manager. “We create an authentic relationship with the athletes and the community that is shared with the entire ski community.”
PCMR’s three golds and one silver medal would rank the resort 12th in the official medal standings as of Friday morning.
Several other athletes on Team USA alive and train in Park City and surrounding Utah cities including medalists Maddie Bowman (Gold, Ladies Ski Halfpipe), Kaitlyn Farrington (Gold, Ladies Snowboard Halfpipe) and Devon Logan (Silver, Ladies Ski Slopestyle).
Other ski and snowboard athletes that reside or are from Utah include:
Emily Cook (Aerials), Jared Goldberg (Alpine), Steven Nyman (Alpine), Julia Mancuso (Alpine), Travis Ganong (Alpine), Angeli Vanlaanen (Freeski), Heather McPhie (Freestyle), and Lindsey Jacobellis (Snowboarding).