Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin continue to tear up the competition as they have been named the USOC Athletes of the Month yet again…this time for the month of March! This is the fourth time in the last six months that Ligety has been honored for the award and an amazing third CONSECUTIVE month that Shiffrin has achieved this feat.
The USOC Athlete of the Month Award, which covers all Olympic sports, has not seen such consistency by any athlete in recent history, especially two athletes in the same sport!
Ligety’s hometown of Park City hosted a celebration in his honor this past weekend at the Park City Mountain Resort and Shiffrin was honored in her hometown of Vail, Colorado at Vail Mountain Resort along with Lindsey Vonn back on March 29th.
Ted capped off a record World Cup season with his fifth and sixth giant slalom victories in March, which earned him his fourth World Cup giant slalom title. His six victories matches the great Ingemar Stenmark as they are the only men to record six GS victories in a single season! To add to his historic season, Ligety also won three gold medals in March at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to become the first man to win three or more gold medals in one World Championship since Jean Claude Killy accomplished the feat 45 years ago, in 1968.
Shiffrin, 18, also accomplished a historic season in her young career. In only her second season, she earned four slalom victories and the season-long title, making her the fourth youngest ever to win the globe! Her amazing March victory was hard-earned as she erased a 1.17-second first-run deficit by recording the fastest final run time to win the title over Tina Maze of Slovenia, who was the overall points leader by seven points heading into the race. As if that wasn’t enough, a month prior to her stunning victory, she captured the gold medal in the World Championship slalom to become the third youngest woman in history to accomplish the feat.
You definitely want to keep your eyes fixated on these two amazing athletes as they continue their storied careers!
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