Home Topics Business Alpine skiing: Ligety does without the last race of his career due...

Alpine skiing: Ligety does without the last race of his career due to a bad back

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. winner Ted Ligety holds his national flag high during the flower ceremony for the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

(Reuters) – Double Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, who wanted to retire on his own terms after the Alpine World Ski Championships next week, abruptly ended his career as a timer on Saturday due to a bad back.

The 36-year-old American announced earlier this week that the giant slalom in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy would be the last race of his career but has since been struck by what he described as the worst sciatic pain of his life.

“I can’t point to anything that triggered it, but I’ve had poor quality sciatica for a week or two, which has been ‘normal’ for me at times over the past few years,” Ligety wrote on Instagram.

“An MRI showed that my intervertebral discs at L4-5 and L5-S1 have herniated so much that it is currently no longer safe to ski.”

Ligety has five world championship gold medals – three in giant slalom in 2011, 2013 and 2015 as well as Super-G and 2013 combined – and two bronzes.

His gold triple in Schladming, Austria, in 2013 made him the first male skier to win three or more in a single championship since Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy won four in 1968.

The American’s last race was scheduled for Friday, but Ligety said his focus now is on getting his back healthy enough to play and ski with his kids for a lifetime.

“I was thrilled to race one last time and then withdraw on my own terms,” ​​said Ligety. “Unfortunately it shouldn’t be, my back said I’m the boss and you’re done now.”

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the information contained on this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indices, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges, but by market makers. Therefore, prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price. This means that the prices are indicative and not suitable for trading purposes. Therefore, Fusion Media is not responsible for any trading losses you may incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media assumes no liability for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information contained on this website such as data, offers, charts and buy / sell signals. Please inform yourself comprehensively about the risks and costs associated with trading in the financial markets. This is one of the riskiest forms of investment possible.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest articles

How cool is the market for outsiders?

Have you heard of Misfits Market? They are an online grocer dedicated to making affordable, sustainable, high quality food more accessible while reducing...

Ways to improve your Hiring process – HR Recruitment tips, Tips for hiring best candidates

The Preparation tips and tricks are an indicative generalized information. In no way Freshersworld.com, indulges into direct or indirect promotion of the ...

Universal Music Group posted EBITDA earnings of nearly $ 1 billion in the first half of 2021

Vivendi just announced Universal Music Group's financial results for the second quarter - the quarter that ends in June 2021.If everything goes well with...

How to deal with rejections to improve your sales game

When Rebecca Parry was 18, she was selling spots for the Yellow Pages in Australia. She didn't hear more than she could count....