Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Ted Ligety, will be supporting Youth Enrichment Services’ (YES) 11th Black Diamond Gala on Thursday, June 30 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Ligety currently serves on the Board of Trustees at YES and is an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization.
In 2006, Ligety shocked the world and himself by becoming the youngest American male to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing. At just 21 years old Ligety became an overnight sensation during the 2006 Winter Olympics when he won his first major ski victory while making history. Ted continued to dominate throughout his career, having podiumed in all major FIS Ski World Cup events throughout his career, including slalom, giant slalom, alpine combined, super-G and downhill.
After his first Gold Medal in 2006, Ted began rising rapidly in the world rankings. Ted became the first man in 45 years to win three events at the World Championships. In 2014 he won the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal for the U.S. in giant slalom. Back home in Colorado at the 2015 World Championships, Ted made ski racing history by becoming the first skier to win three consecutive World Championship titles in giant slalom, a feat that had never before been accomplished.
Ligety has redefined the discipline of giant slalom. The New York Times wrote about him in 2014, saying “No skier in the world carves turns the way Ted Ligety does. The American has practically invented a new way of skiing.” And they were right. Ligety was winning races by seconds in a sport usually decided by hundredths.
After 17 years as one of ski racing’s elite performers, Ted has stepped away from the sport to spend more time with his growing family and work on his business, SHRED Optics. SHRED develops helmets, eyewear and other snow-sports accessories.
More information, tickets, and sponsorships for the YES Black Diamond Gala on Thursday, June 30 can be found at www.yeskids.org/Gala2022.