Olympic Champion Ted Ligety ready to rock Beaver Creek

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 30, 2009 11:12 pm

Park City native Ted Ligety has a thing for Beaver Creek. “It’s always been a good race for the U.S. across the board,” says Ligety. “And the best part is that we’re on home turf–in the U.S. The other guys are living out of their duffle bags for a couple weeks. They’re on the road this time, so it takes them out of their element.”

The 2006 Olympic Champion traveled with his teammates today to Beaver Creek, CO to prep for this week’s Birds of Prey race. The only World Cup on U.S. soil, the event is a classic and fan favorite. “Racing Beaver Creek is awesome,” says Ligety. “This year the Park City Ski Team is coming out to cheer. It’s cool to have a crowd that’s very U.S. biased.”

Ligety has stepped onto the Beaver Creek World Cup podium three times, most recently with a second place finish last year. The Birds of Prey course will also play host to the first Super Combined of the season–the same event Ligety won at the 2006 Olympics in Torino.

When it comes to this season’s Olympics, Ligety remains focused and driven, yet also somehow relaxed. “It will be my second Olympics,” Ligety says. “So I know what to expect. It’s also different, now, because I see guys I’ve been looking up to my whole life. It’s tough, though,  to go from looking up to them to knowing that you can beat them. But that gives a lot of confidence.”

Throughout his career Ligety has shown impressive consistency, and we’re pretty sure that when it comes to the Beaver Creek World Cup just days away, the U.S. Ski Team star is going to shred.