Long Underwear Show Notes: Ted Ligety

Competing in the World Pro Ski Tour, advocating for the sport of ski racing, why he started his company SHRED and the highs and lows of being a dad.

For episode 7 of season 3 of Long Underwear, the Warren Miller Entertainment podcast, host Amie Engerbretson sat down with Olympian and World Cup ski racer, Ted Ligety while the U.S. Ski Team was up training in Copper Mountain in November.

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Ted Ligety at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. PC: Crystal Sagan

About the Athlete:

Ted Ligety made his big debut in the world of skiing when he won a gold medal at the age of 21, stunning the world. He has competed in four Winter Olympics where he has taken home two gold medals and has also competed in the World Cup for 16 years, taking home five titles in Giant Slalom. For Ted, ski racing is the original action sport and with that comes a big history and a built-in bureaucracy. Ted has been openly vocal about holding the FIS accountable while still working with the organization to move the sport forward. 

This year, he’s thrilled to be competing in the World Pro Ski Tour to continue competing at a high level but staying closer to home where he now has a family. Ted has been featured in a handful of Warren Miller films over the years, two of which included big mountain skiing in Alaska and then also in Greenland.

Today, when Ted is not skiing, he runs his ski equipment company, SHRED, which focused on making protective wear.

Ted Ligety in Alaska shooting with Warren Miller Entertainment. PC: Ilja Herb

No More “S” Word:

  • Once the no more “s” word rule is implemented, Ted talks to Amie about other sports he loves, basketball and tennis and he makes his case for the age-old question: is he more of a Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal fan?
  • Then Amie asks Ted when he’d be doing if he was able to snap to a different life and Ted discuss his desire to go back to college once he’s done racing because he’s always wanted to go to Business School.
  • After that, Amie asks the question presented by Protect Our Winters: what would you ask all humans to do to make the world a better place and Ted would encourage climate deniers the opportunity to understand the breadth of the issue.
  • To wrap it all up, Ted discusses his guilty pleasure (which we all are probably guilty of) as well as the highs and lows of being a dad and that time his friends woke him up and convinced him it was morning and time to go skiing, when in fact it was 10pm at night…

Follow Ted on the World Pro Ski Tour at @Ted_Ligety.

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