Ted Ligety hopes to win 3rd gold medal in South Korea

Park City native is one of the most decorated skiers in U.S. history

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Ted Ligety has done it all in skiing. The Park City native is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and a 5-time world champion in giant slalom.

So what are his goasl as he gets ready for his 4th Olympic games in a few months in South Korea?

"I'd love to win another medal," said Ligety, who won gold in the 2006 and 2014 Olympics. "That's definitely the main goal."

But the last few years have been a struggle for Ligety battling back from injuries.

"Right now, I'm coming back after two years of injuries," Ligety said. "I blew out my knee two years ago, and then I had back surgery last year. But I just got back from New Zealand a couple days ago, and I felt great on snow. My body felt good, so I feel like if I'm healthy and my skiing is going in the right direction, then I have a good chance."

Having just turned 33, Ligety may be on the backside of his legendary career, but he'll always be thankful to what his hometown of Park City has meant to him.

"We have awesome mountains right out my back door," Ligety said. "I grew up skiing at Deer Valley and being on the Park City ski team as a good was an awesome experience because we were one of the best ski teams in the country for a lot of years. As I've grown up, they really support their local skiers."

These Olympics will be different for Ligety, who just became a father for the first time. 

"I have a 3-month-old son now, and it's been awesome being a parent," Ligety said. "It's been super fun. It's amazing to see how much he grows up so quickly. I can't imagine traveling on the road as much as I do and not having him along with me. So it's going to be cool having something on the road with you that's far more important than your racing career."


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