2-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety to retire after worlds

Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety says he will retire from World Cup ski racing after the world championships. Ligety’s final race will be the giant slalom on Feb. 19 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The American is known for his smooth, technical racing. He won a surprise gold medal in the combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics and 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. He garnered such respect from his rivals in his signature event that he was referred to as “Mr. GS.”