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