Five fun questions to get to know Ted Ligety
What is your favorite perk of being an elite Olympic athlete?
It's a pretty fun job to have. I get to ski for a living.
What is your earliest memory of playing or seeing your sport?
The  Lillehammer Olympics—watching Tommy Moe win was super exciting for me.
Please share your pre-competition rituals.
Unfortunately I don't usually eat much because of nerves. And I don't really believe in superstitions because I don't think you should rely on things that may be outside of your control. Before a race I try to have confidence in my training, go over the course and the things I need to remember. And in the moments leading up to the race I try to clear my head and let my body do the work.
What's a big obstacle that you've overcome in your life?
Injuries. And getting my butt kicked in junior races.
What’s the hardest part of your sport?
The changing conditions. No race is ever the same and you have to be able to race in every different kind of weather and snow conditions. There is never a perfect scenario so the mental side is just as important as the technical/strategic side.