Ted Ligety’s young son recently brought home a medal he earned at ski school and wondered if dad had any of his own.
The two-time Olympic champion rummaged around to locate his medals. They then proudly paraded around the house with them.
More golden moments like that with the family is reason No. 1 why Ligety plans to retire from the World Cup circuit, effective after the world championships currently underway in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Ligety’s final race will be the giant slalom on Feb. 19.
“I feel really lucky to have done what I’ve done and be in a place in my life and my career where I’m able to walk away on a happy note,” Ligety said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m just excited for that next step. It’s going to be scary and different and all those things, but it’s definitely exciting.”
Known for his smooth, technical racing, Ligety captured a surprise gold medal in the combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics and then another gold medal eight years later in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games as the favorite.
His storied career also includes five wins at world championships, 25 World Cup victories and five season-long World Cup giant slalom titles. Ligety’s dominance in the giant slalom once led Austrian skiing great Marcel Hirscher to pronounce him “Mr. GS.”
Now, “Mr. GS” simply wants to be known as “Dad.”
The 36-year-old Ligety’s retirement plans include spending more time with his wife, Mia, and kids at home in Park City, Utah. He has a nearly 4-year-old son, Jax, who’s already showing his talent in ski school, along with twin boys, Alec and Will, who are 7 months old.