Sochi Olympics 2014 | Ted Ligety: 17 FUNNY MOMENTS IN SPORTS 1 month ago   03:15

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No skier in the world carves turns the way Ted Ligety does. The American, who is competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has practically invented a new way of skiing.

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Comments 68 Comments

JB91710
1:18 This is what the best racers are doing. It's called consistency in turning Technically Correct. Strong concentration, discipline and planning ahead is required to win.
horobitch
His skill is so so  high level!.  but too skillful to run fast ironically.
AtomicWalker
Starting a turn early is a too general statement, as, you have to take into consideration the distance between the gates how steep the slope is etc. For example, starting a turn early when you don't have much speed in a set with "open" gates would be a really bad idea as it does not help you generate speed. Actually, to be more precise, it is better to start the new turn as late as possible ( *WHEN* your transition from one turn to the other is quick enough not to cost you time). Hirsher is the best example, he is so strong enough that he can hold the turn for way longer than the other skiers without losing time as he can turn his skis very fast. Is it a coincidenece that he's always first? I don't think so.
john kimball
Nothing new here! I was using this technique back in the late 90s when I raced. Worked well until I was in a career ending crash and stopped my race progression.
Jordan Sullivan
Haha hearing the super serious voice-over by a NYT reporter really makes the skiing video come to life.
Jordan Sullivan
Every winter I am reminded that the word "slalom" exists...and every year I am delighted.
death2pc
Interesting fact: Oprah taught Ted EVERYTHING he knows. Really. Oprah is THE master of skiing. And everything else. Really.
Larry Jackson
His description of advancing to uphill ski sounds a lot like Stenmark in 70's and 80's. Is it really just old school?
action Jackson
naomi chambers
This looks really difficult.
emil Sundqvist
Emil Sundqvist.
florinsi
i thought he hated the new skis.... now they are good cause they require a good technique .... aah ?!?
ventende
I tried a new pair of GS skis last year and my thighs hurt like hell. They are very heavy and hard to turn, but then again very stable in high speeds.
ianyapxw
There's nothing 'new' about this technique, it's just doing the same thing better. It's not like his opponents aren't trying to achieve a high edge angle and strong early pressure...

Seems like another video by mainstream media targeted at people who know nothing. Something that would count as "unique turning" would be picking a different line from all your opponents, much like what the fosbury flop was to high jumping.
Philip Schwartz
First, this is an absolutely brilliant video. And I'm grateful that The Times undertook the effort to produce it. But as someone who has coached ski racing and taught skiing for decades, I have to chime in and say this: What's described in this video is merely what I'd call strong ski technique (OK, very strong ski technique). Every good-to-great skier can pull off the technique described in this video. Which means, this does a dis-service to the brilliant talent that is Ted Ligety. Every skier on the World Cup is doing what is explained in this video (sorry to say, every great skier on your home hill is pulling off this technique, too). Ted is doing something much more special. And this video, while brilliant, doesn't do his talent justice (because his talent transcends the best of the best).
Roger Field
Sonya Wong
bigfishpondhome1 - you must not ski race - otherwise you would understand the matter of fact comments.  Sorry, you don't get it.  The rest of the crew (ski racers and Parents) get what his technique means for this sport.  Half of it is mental - you need to go in big. 
bigfishpondhome1
Full of himself much? You don't talk about your competitors like that unless you are that much better and I don't see him as being that much better.
agradina
you need to have strong legs for that its not so easy as it seems and also no ice 
Rudolf Mair
looks like Ligety has lost his touch, Marcel Hirscher has taken over.
Wish Powder
A couple years ago I was race training in colorado and there was a course set up for the olympians and one for a training program so it ended up that I raced side by side by ted! 
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