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Ted Ligety out for rest of season

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Ted Ligety will undergo back surgery and miss the rest of the Alpine skiing season, the latest in a series of health setbacks for the double Olympic champion, according to his social media.

Ligety, who won the combined at Torino 2006 and the giant slalom at Sochi 2014, said he had “stabbing (nerve) pain all the way down my leg” since the season-opening race in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 23.

“That has no (sic) allowed me to ski at the level that I expect of myself,” was posted on Ligety’s social media Monday. “I have seen many doctors and therapists, undergone an array of treatments and therapies to no effect. Unfortunately surgery (microdiscectomy) means my season over … I will be back strong and fast again.”

Ligety also ended last season prematurely, after tearing his right ACL on Jan. 27. He also suffered three herniated disks in his back and tore a hip labrum in 2015.

Of his last seven giant slaloms dating to last season, Ligety has failed to finish four times and placed fourth, fifth and 11th.

Ligety’s World Cup giant slalom podium drought is his longest since he notched the first top-three finish of his career in 2006. He racked up 40 podiums in a decade.

Ligety, 32, also owns the last three world giant slalom titles, plus five World Cup season titles in the discipline, in addition to his Sochi gold.

If healthy, Ligety would have tried next month to become the first male Alpine skier to take gold at four straight world championships.

With Ligety’s absence, the U.S. will have zero past men’s Olympic or world gold medalists at a world championships for the first time since 2001.

Worlds are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, from Feb. 6-19.

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Ted Ligety’s struggles compounded by another injury

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Ted Ligety has now gone seven straight World Cup giant slaloms without making the podium. Making matters worse is a back injury, the latest in a series of health setbacks during the drought.

“I just have stabbing pain all the way down my leg, nerve pain, so I haven’t been able to ski much,” the 32-year-old Ligety said, according to the U.S. Ski Team on Sunday. “I’ve been getting injections and trying to get it sorted out but it hasn’t really turned the corner yet.”

Ligety skied out 12 gates into his first run in a World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, on Sunday. Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher won for the 41st time in his career.

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Of his last seven giant slaloms dating to last season, Ligety has failed to finish four times and placed fourth, fifth and 11th.

This for a man who won the last three world titles and the 2014 Olympic giant slalom crown, plus five World Cup season titles in the discipline.

Ligety’s World Cup giant slalom podium drought is his longest since he notched the first top-three finish of his career in 2006. He racked up 40 podiums in a decade.

Ligety skied last season after suffering three herniated disks in his back and tearing a hip labrum. The campaign ended prematurely when he tore his right ACL on Jan. 27.

The men have one more World Cup race before Christmas, a parallel giant slalom in Alta Badia on Monday.

Ligety will not race Monday.

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Ted Ligety can’t snap longest drought in a decade

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Ted Ligety‘s struggles in his return from an ACL tear continued Saturday as he failed to finish a World Cup giant slalom in Val d’Isere, France.

Ligety, the Olympic and world giant slalom champion, skied out near the top of the course in his second run. That was after he tied for 21st place in his first run, uncharacteristic territory for the man known as Mr. GS.

“This [course] kind of feels like you’re getting punched in the crotch the entire way down.” Ligety said before the race, according to the U.S. Ski Team.

France’s Alexis Pinturault won the race by .33 of a second after two runs over Austrian Marcel Hirscher. Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen was third.

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Ligety, who was fifth and 11th in his previous giant slaloms this fall, has now gone six straight World Cup giant slaloms without making the podium, his longest drought since the 2005-06 season.

His six straight giant slaloms without a win matches his longest drought since 2008.

Ligety, 32, skied last season after suffering three herniated disks in his back and tearing a hip labrum. The campaign ended prematurely when he tore his right ACL on Jan. 27.

Ligety has not said he’s dealing with any injuries this season.

The men race a slalom in Val d’Isere on Sunday.

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