Ted Ligety won the first World Cup event of the Alpine skiing season, but he’s not letting early success get to his head.
“I’m still glad there’s actually a lot of season before the Olympics start,” Ligety said on “SportsDash.”
Ligety, 29, participated in the U.S. Olympic Team’s media tour of New York two days after winning a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
He’ll head to Colorado for a couple weeks before flying back to Europe for the next World Cup race, a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 17. Unusual prizes will be awarded in Levi.
In February, Ligety became the first man since 1968 to win three gold medals at the World Championships. That catapulted the 2006 Olympic champion into multiple-medal discussion for Sochi.
One of the issues surrounding Alpine skiing at the 2014 Olympics is the weather. A half-million cubic meters of snow have been stored from last winter in case there isn’t enough in the subtropical region in 100 days’ time.
“I can’t control the weather, so I’m not that worried about it,” Ligety said. “That’s something we’re used to in ski racing.”
Ligety also told the story of the origin of his nickname, “Shred.”