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U.S. gold medalist Ted Ligety visits Snowmass

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety signs a young racer's helmet on Thursday at the Spider Sabich Race Area on Snowmass. NASTAR's official ambassador, Ligety was setting pace for the organization's national championship races.
Aubree Dallas/Courtesy photo |

Ted Ligety is a busy guy these days.

After winning gold in the giant slalom in the Sochi Olympics, Ligety had a few days off to make media appearances in New York and Boston before jumping right back in to World Cup skiing. Ligety didn’t miss a beat, though: He won the giant slalom season title in a tight finals race on March 15.

“It was tough,” Ligety, 29, said Thursday. “I mean, definitely after the Olympics you’re ready to be done just because it takes so much mental energy to do that. But, you know, those World Cup races are still really important to me, so I was just using whatever fumes I had left to keep pushing forward.”

Since then it’s been a lot of appearances for sponsors and skiing events, including the NASTAR National Championships in Snowmass.

“I mean, definitely after the Olympics you’re ready to be done just because it takes so much mental energy to do that. But, you know, those World Cup races are still really important to me, so I was just using whatever fumes I had left to keep pushing forward.”
Ted Ligety
Olympic gold medalist

Ligety has been NASTAR’s official ambassador since 2011, and on Thursday he was setting pace and racing former World Cup ski racer A.J. Kitt on Blue Grouse. He also signed autographs and took pictures with the NASTAR competitors, many of whom are school-age children.

“It’s just cool to be able to come out and ski with all these (participants),” Ligety said. “Most of them are young racers, so it’s cool to see that next generation of kids. I skied NASTAR when I was a little kid as well, so it’s definitely cool.”

Ligety’s win in Sochi made him the first male American ski racer to win two Olympic gold medals. Just in Snowmass for the day, he headed out Thursday night to his hometown for appearances with Park City Mountain Resort and some of his other sponsors, which include Coca Cola, JCPenney and Head.

The NASTAR National Championships continue through Sunday at the Spider Sabich Race Area. Nine-hundred people from across the country registered to race, including many from Aspen/Snowmass. For more information, visit http://www.nastar.com.


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