Athlete to Watch Today

Alpine skiing


February 25, 2006|By RICK MAESE


TV: NBC, 8-11:30 p.m. -- In ski circles, he's called "Ligety Split." Everyone else these past two weeks has known him as "that other American skier." No, he's not Bode Miller. Ted Ligety is the one who's actually won a medal here in Turin. If you could see him racing down the mountain, you'd know exactly why Ligety Split is the more apt nickname. The American alpine skiers at these Games have been somewhat of a disappointment, but Ligety represents the United States' best chance to save face today. The 21-year-old Park City, Utah native already took gold in the combined 1 1/2 weeks ago, which surprised many. His best event is actually today's slalom. Ligety has already become one of four American men to win an Olympic ski race and one of just five in the world to win at such a young age.

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