1968 was a momentous year for French skier Jean-Claude Killy. It was the year that this Adrenalist won four gold medals at the world championships of downhill skiing.
It would be 45 years before another skier won at least three events at the biggest downhill skiing event of the year. That skier would be American Ted Ligety. Ligety, also known as ”Ted Shred,” won the super-G, super combined, and the giant slalom in mid-February at the world championships at Schladming in Austria, instantly turning him into a superstar of the speedy and storied winter sport.
With 10 years of pro experience, the 28-year-old Park City, Utah native has delicately evolved his downhill skiing style to hit every gate and get down the mountain before everyone else who took the chairlift up. To be this good, Ligety practices controlled chaos on the slopes.
“I’d say most of the time I’m basically on the verge of crashing,” he tells CNN. Although Ligety destroyed the single biggest event on the skiing circuit this year, he still sits behind three Europeans in the total cup standings. “I still believe the overall title winner is the No. 1 skier in the world,” Ligety says.
Ted Shred won’t stop until he gets there or wipes out trying.