Olympic Skier Ted Ligety was doing promotion for Procter & Gamble’s ‘Thank you, Mom’ campaign and the upcoming Sochi Olympics. He took time for a phone interview to talk about his success as a skier and what he looks forward to in his downtime.
When you’re skiing in a championship, what is usually a first thought that comes to mind?
When I [ski] a big event, I try to treat it like it’s a normal ski race. Of course the Olympics are a bigger deal than other races, but the actual skiing is the same so I just try to concentrate on skiing well and not changing my mindset.
Having won gold before, is there that much more pressure to win again?
I definitely feel pressure going into the Olympics. I didn’t do that well in Vancouver so I feel like there is a little bit of a chip on my shoulder and I am looking for some redemption. Having won a gold medal in 2006 helps [to] take a little pressure off because I know I won’t end my career without one, rather I have the bonus of trying to add more. There is a lot of pressure, but that is a good thing.
What sacrifices does it take to become a great Olympian?
There are a lot of sacrifices for both me and my family. Growing up, my parents paid to put me in ski academy and all of my ski-related activities. Now, I travel on the road for almost 300 days [out the] year. But this is what I grew up loving and what I wanted to do, so it doesn’t really feel like a sacrifice.
Since you are involved in the ‘Thank you, Mom’ campaign, what is a life lesson you’ve learned from your mom?
My mom has definitely taught me the value of hard work. As a kid, I saw her work ethic and I really took that to heart and was able to incorporate it into my own life. I definitely think I am one of the harder workers out there, and I learned that from my mom.
What is the best and worst part of Skiing, and what sacrifices have you had to make being an Olympian?
The best part is that it’s fun! You get to go up there and ski around and be in nature. Enjoying the view of the mountains is awesome, and the adrenaline rush is a lot of fun, too. The worst part is falling and getting injured. I have been lucky to have not had many major injuries, but getting banged up is the worst part of it.
When you’re not skiing and are at home, what would fans be incredibly shocked to find you doing?
I like doing a lot of different sports and am really involved with my company, Shred, working to design goggles, helmets and sunglasses. I also cook a lot when I can! I am a big fan of barbecuing and make some pretty mean jalapeño mashed potatoes.
Ted Ligety is working with P&G and Vicks to celebrate the P&G ‘Thank you, Mom’ campaign. The campaign pulled on the heartstrings of millions during the London Games. As part of the ‘Thank you, Mom’ campaign, P&G is sponsoring the moms behind the athletes, as a tribute to the love and support they provide their children along their Olympic journey.
You can see read more about the campaign on their Facebook page, and view the “Raising an Olympian” videos on their YouTube channel.