Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety is done for the Alpine skiing season after tearing an ACL in training on Wednesday, according to his social media.
Ligety, 31, dealt with injuries this season before tearing the ACL. After winning the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, he “basically didn’t do anything” for three weeks to a month in November.
He said he couldn’t touch his knees or tuck in training due to three herniated disks in his back. Then he tore a hip labrum.
Ligety, the 2006 Olympic combined champion and 2014 Olympic giant slalom champion, was mired in a slump before tearing the ACL.
He failed to finish six straight races and missed the podium in 11 straight after winning and finishing second in his first two starts of the season in the fall.
Of the U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing champions who haven’t retired, only Lindsey Vonn is actively competing.
Mikaela Shiffrin (right MCL tear) and Julia Mancuso (right hip surgery) are also out with injuries, though Shiffrin could return before the final races in March. Bode Miller decided not to race this season but has left open the possibility of competing again.
Of the 10 Sochi Olympic Alpine skiing champions, one is healthy and competing — Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud.
We all know ski racing is a dangerous sport but I always thought I could avoid a season ender. Unfortunately today I tore my ACL GS training and am heading home. #illbeback #bummerdude @slalomtokyodrift #lamecrash #getvideoing
Posted by Ted Ligety on Wednesday, January 27, 2016