Twice Olympic figure skating champion Ted Legetti will end his successful career after the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The American player said Tuesday that the World Cup race in the giant slalom on February 17th will be his last major race. The 36-year-old, a good friend of former German figure skating champ Felix Neuter, has been active in the World Cup for more than 17 years.
Ted Legetti won the Olympics in 2006 and 2014
Ligety won Olympic gold in Turin in 2006 and in the giant slalom in Sochi in 2014. There are also five world titles, two bronze medals in the World Championships and 25 victories in the World Cup.
He is the most successful alpine ski racer from outside Europe and was the largest title collector in giant slalom behind Ingmar Steinmark and Marcel Herscher, who retired in 2019.
Good friends with Felix Newwater
His remarkable legacy at least: The great designer influenced his sport like few other athletes, even revolutionizing the giant slalom with its amazing combination of slope exhaustion and sublime artistic elegance. Neureuther and Hirscher also studied Ligety fluctuations extensively, and considered Ligety the “Wild Strong” (O-Ton Neureuther) master of the scene.
His friendship with classmate Neureuther developed through joint training sessions. During his summer stay in New Zealand, the two deepened their relationship through car races in the mud. The legendary treasure also includes Ligety’s visits to the home of Neureuthers Garmisch, where his legendary mother Rosi Mittermaier Ligety is said to have ironed her underwear.
Ligety wants more time for family and work
In the past few years, Ligety has had to suffer various injuries and he had already significantly reduced his tour calendar.
“I am very proud of what I have been able to achieve,” Legetti said, “but his family is now“ more important than skiing ”to him.
Ligety has three children with his wife Mia: Jax (three years old) and twins Will and Alec (six months old). He also founded Shred in 2006, which manufactures ski equipment.
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