Ted Ligety is one of the best giant slalom racers of all time.
At the 2015 World Championships, Ted became the first skier to win three consecutive World Championship titles in GS. At the age of 21, he became the youngest American male to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing, and he continues to dominate the men’s alpine circuit with five World Cup Overall GS titles and five World Championship titles.
In our conversation, Ted and I talk about his end-of-January injury, what happened, and what his goals are for next season.
We also revisit the question of the ‘current’ FIS-regulation skis, and whether his initial opinions about those skis have softened or grown stronger?
We then set the record straight on Ted’s background: how and why he was able to go from losing races badly to becoming the best in the world, and we talk about “failure” and figuring out when to quit vs. when to persevere.
Finally, we talk about Ted’s company Shred, and why he thinks that some of their latest developments are improvements over current technologies.
RELATED VIDEOS, LINKS, AND ARTICLES
• Ted’s 2015 World Championship GS Run:
• Video of Ted’s Training Run Crash on January 27, 2016:
• Ted’s Op-Ed Piece on the ‘New’ FIS-regulation Skis:
• New York Times article on Ted:
• Some New Shred Products & Tech:
• Video on Shred’s Helmet Technology:
• Shred’s new Simplify Goggle: