Ted Ligety’s goggles company assisting in PPE shortage

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With personal protective equipment (PPE) in short supply at hospitals across the country, many people have been looking for creative ways to help those on the front lines. Among those finding a way to contribute: skiers and snowboarders.

Ted Ligety, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, joined Mike Tirico during Wednesday’s episode of “Lunch Talk Live” on NBCSN to discuss the grassroots “Goggles for Docs” program, which has been providing hospital staff with new and used ski goggles.

“In this pandemic, there’s a huge shortage of PPE, especially on the eyewear side of things,” Ligety told Tirico. “And it just so happens that ski and mountain bike and motorcross goggles work as a good eyewear protection for those frontline workers.”

Ligety told Tirico that he has donated all of his ski goggles (made by his own company, Shred Optics) to the program. According to the Goggles for Doc website, over 38,000 pairs of goggles have been donated so far.

“It’s a really neat way for the ski community and the snow sports community to give back and help during this pandemic,” Ligety told Tirico.

The website walks people through how to donate their own new or used goggles, and where to send them in order to have the greatest impact.

Ligety also talked with Tirico about his own future in the sport. At the beginning of the 2019-20 season, the four-time Olympian announced that he would be scaling back his racing schedule and focusing primarily on giant slalom, the event in which he won Olympic gold in 2014.

“The way my body’s been feeling, I feel like I’m starting to progress again to the point where I feel like I can start winning races,” Ligety said. “I’m looking to do two final years and finish it off at the Olympics.”

Ligety also noted he and his wife Mia, who already have two-year-old son Jax, are expecting twins. “The family life is about to get exponentially more hectic.”

Rafael Nadal to miss U.S. Open; men’s, women’s singles fields named

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Rafael Nadal is not entered in the U.S. Open, joining the recovering Roger Federer in missing the first Grand Slam tennis tournament since the coronavirus pandemic.

“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it,” was posted on Nadal’s social media. “This is a decision I never wanted to take, but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.”

The U.S. Open starts as scheduled Aug. 31 without fans. The rescheduled French Open, which Nadal has won a record 12 times, is scheduled to start two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Nadal did not mention in Tuesday’s statement whether he planned to play Roland Garros.

Nadal won his fourth U.S. Open in 2019, defeating Russian Daniil Medvedev in a five-set final. That moved Nadal within one Grand Slam singles title of Federer’s record 20.

Federer previously announced he is out for the rest of 2020 following a right knee procedure.

U.S. Open Entry Lists: Men | Women

The U.S. Open fields are led by top-ranked Novak Djokovic and 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams.

Other notable players not on main-draw entry lists published Tuesday: women’s No. 1 Ash Barty and 2016 U.S. Open winner Stan Wawrinka. Other than Barty, the top 28 women in the world rankings are entered, including defending champion Bianca Andreescu.

Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are the top-ranked men in the field. Djokovic and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic are the only male Grand Slam singles champions in the field.

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Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA last Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

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