Exclusive with Olympian & World Champion Ted Ligety

Exclusive with Olympian & World Champion Ted Ligety

It's official, Ted has been selected to represent the US at this years Winter Games! We had the opportunity to catch up with him before all the crazy competition begins and get his thoughts on the venue, his chances, and more!

 

As an athlete, how do you expect this year's Olympics in Sochi differ from Vancouver or even Torino? 

Sochi will be the third Olympic games for me, so I think having my past experiences will be an advantage I can bring to the competition. I'm more mature, better mentally and feel like I’m skiing very well. Hopefully the combination of those three will equal medals.

What are your thoughts on this year's venue and courses?

I had the opportunity to train in Sochi last year and thought the courses suit me pretty well. The downhill is pretty challenging, the SuperG and GS hills are moderate but still technical. It will be an adventure and experience like no other to have it in Sochi, Russia. I'm excited and looking forward to them officially starting!

What does training and racing in an Olympic year look like compared to other years?  Do you have any secrets to maximize your training to help get you to your peak performance?

I train extremely hard every year whether it’s an Olympic year or a normal World Cup season. I spend a lot of time in the gym working on strength and my anaerobic capacity. We spend a lot of time on snow in the summer as well. We are training in New Zealand in August and Chile in September. Once the season starts, we are bouncing from race to race so recovery is really important – that's why I travel wearing my 2XU Recovery Tights and Compression Socks. I also ski in the 2XU Thermal Tights and Alpine Socks, which help me feel that bit more responsive.

How prepared are you feeling going into your events?  Is there one race you are looking forward to more than the others?

I am feeling confident in my skiing right now and I am really looking forward to the Giant Slalom race but feel like I have good medal chances in the Super Combined and SuperG as well.

What role does recovery play in preparation, training and competition? 

Recovery is very important since we are traveling so much between racing and training. When I’m traveling I wear the 2XU Recovery Tights and Compression Socks, which help me feel fresher. I also spin and get physical therapy between sessions.

Congratulations and good luck to the entire US Team! #BelieveinUS

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