Ted Ligety and USA Alpine Skiing

Ted Ligety has almost certainly won the men’s Alpine skiing giant slalom today in Sochi, giving him the following Olympic bests and records:

 

  • With his second Olympic gold medal, Ligety becomes only the 2nd American with 2 Alpine skiing gold medals, and the first male, after Andi Mead-Lawrence, who won her 2 gold medals in slalom and giant slalom in 1952.
  • He becomes the 5th American male with 2 or more Alpine skiing medals – Bode Miller (6), Phil Mahre (2), Tommy Moe (2), Andrew Weibrecht (2). There are 8 American women with 2+ Alpine skiing medals, led by Julia Mancuso with 4, making Ligety the 13th American to win 2 or more medals in Olympic Alpine skiing.
  • Ligety becomes the 7th American to win Alpine skiing medals at 2 or more Olympics. This list is led by Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso with 3, with Dianne Roffe, Picabo Street, Phil Mahre, and Andrew Weibrecht the 4 Americans to win Olympic Alpine medals at 2 Winter Olympics.

So how is the United States doing in Alpine skiing at Sochi? Not quite as badly as originally described a few days ago, now helped by medals in the men’s Super G and giant slalom. Here is how the US performance in 2014 ranks compared to our previous medal rankings in Olympic Alpine skiing.

 

Year NOC RankUS RankEU G S B TM
2010 United States 1 2 2 3 3 8
1984 United States 1 1 3 2 - 5
1964 United States 3 3 - 2 2 4
1994 United States 3 2 2 2 - 4
2014 United States 1 1 2 4
1960 United States 4 6 - 3 - 3
1948 United States 4 4 1 1 - 2
1952 United States 4 2 2 - - 2
1972 United States 4 3 1 - 1 2
1992 United States =5 =7 - 2 - 2
2002 United States 6 6 - 2 - 2
2006 United States 5 2 2 - - 2
1976 United States =7 =7 - - 1 1
1980 United States 6 5 - 1 - 1
1998 United States 7 6 1 - - 1

 

After the men’s giant slalom, here is the 2014 Olympic Alpine skiing medal list (assuming no changes after top 30 starters):

 

2014 – NOCs G S B TM
Austria 2 2 1 5
United States 1 1 2 4
Switzerland 2 0 1 3
Germany 1 1 1 3
Slovenia 2 0 0 2
Norway 1 0 1 2
France 0 1 1 2
Italy 0 1 1 2
Croatia 0 1 0 1
Canada 0 0 1 1
Totals 9 7 9 25

2 thoughts on “Ted Ligety and USA Alpine Skiing”

  1. Ligety hasn’t won the Olympic GS twice; his first gold was in the 2006 combined. He has never medaled in the Olympic GS before.

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