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Ted Ligety's Training Tips

Ted Ligety just claimed his third Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title, becoming the first American to do so. Here's his step-by-step pre-season training plan so that you can win like he does.
We checked in with U.S. Ski Team Olympian Ted Ligety to get his secrets on training to be an Olympic ski racer.

Ted Ligety Skis to GS Gold

Ted Ligety Skis to GS Gold
Ligety Worlds GS win
A strong second run put Ligety on top of the podium at FIS World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Despite incoming fog, Ted Ligety put down a clean second run to win the men’s giant slalom at the FIS World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Ligety was fourth after the first run, and his strong second run pushed him ahead of silver medalist Cyprien Richard of France by eight hundredths of a second. Bode Miller came in 12th and Warner Nickerson placed 35th.

Ted Ligety Storms to Three-In-A-Row

Ted Ligety Storms to Three-In-A-Row
Ted Ligety Birds of Prey
Simply put– Ted Ligety is on a tear.

 With the jagged Italian Dolomites as a spectacular backdrop, Ligety carved his way to a third successive World Cup giant slalom victory this past Sunday in the land of pasta, passion and Pavarotti.

Ligety’s image was strewn across more newspapers, televisions and websites from Alta Badia – site of Sunday’s race – to neighboring Val Gardena, which hosted speed races in the days prior, than embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 6

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 6
overhead medball throw
The final step in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's work out plan will increase your explosiveness.

Now that you're six weeks into Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's pre-season workout plan you should be feeling strong fit, and ready to ski.  The last step in the program is overhead medicine ball throws, which Ted and the rest of the team call the "man or mouse" drill.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 5

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 5
back extension holds
Feeling strong yet? The fifth move in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's training program is back extension holds, which keep you strong and stable.

Ski season is getting closer, so at this point you should be working to up your endurance. This week's exercise, back extension holds work your lower back, hamstrings, and glutes. Alex Moore, Strength and Condition Coach for the Ski Teams says that this exercise builds endurance in the muscles of the posterior chain, which have such a vital stabilizing role in skiing. That means you'll be able to ski longer, harder and more smoothly. Moore says to try to hold them for 60-90 seconds, and, if you're really looking for a challenge, you can hold a weight.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 4

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 4
ted week four
We're more than halfway through Ted's training program. This week he's focusing on glute-hamstring raises, which work the whole back of your leg.

The fourth step in Ted Ligety's training programs is glute-hamstring raises. Alex Moore, his coach says this challenging move builds strength in the entire chain of muscles that run down the backs of your leg. It's particularly good for the hamstrings, which help prevent ACL injuries. If the exercise is too hard at first try hamstring curls, and if you're really strong, try them with weight.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 3

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 3
Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 3
The third step in Ted Ligety's pre-season training plan: split squats. Ted and trainer Alex Moore show how to do variations of the exercise.
This week, the third in Ted Ligety's pre-season training series, Ted and his trainer, Alex More, show us how to do split squats, which work the quads, glutes and hamstrings.
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