Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety plans to retire from World Cup ski racing after the world championships.
Ligety’s final race will be the giant slalom on February 19 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Known for his smooth, technical racing, Ligety won a surprise gold medal in the combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics and another gold medal eight years later in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games as the favourite.
The American’s storied career also includes five wins at world championships, 25 World Cup victories and five season-long World Cup giant slalom titles. Ligety’s dominance in the giant slalom once led Austrian skiing great Marcel Hirscher to pronounce him “Mr GS.”
The retirement plans of the 36-year-old Ligety include spending more time with his family at home in Park City, Utah.
Ligety began his World Cup career on November 22, 2003, with a giant slalom race in Park City. He didn’t qualify for a second run in an event won by Bode Miller.
Over his career, Ligety has made 336 World Cup starts and finished on the podium 52 times spanning all disciplines. That all-around versatility has long been a point of pride for Ligety, who started skiing at two and racing by 11.
He still may drop into a competition every once in a while on the World Pro Ski Tour, a unique circuit featuring a format of side-by-side racing at venues closer to his home.