Hometown: Park City, Utah
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
Birthdate: August 31, 1984
Club: Park City Ski Team
School: Park City Winter School
Olympics: 2006, 2010
Last season was legendary for Mr. GS. Six
giant slalom wins in
one World Cup season puts him in the
same league as Ingemar Stenmark, as did
his winning margin in
last season’s opener. Three gold medals at the World Championships put him in
the same class with guys such as Emile Allais, Toni Sailer and
Stein Eriksen, all of whom got their medals at least 30 years
before Ligety was born. Ligety is on a five-year roll (think four
GS crowns in that timeframe) and showing no signs of slowing
down, having already grabbed the first GS win of the season.
“Those records aren’t really my goal,” he says. “It’s really neat
to be able to achieve them. Any time you’re mentioned in the
same sentence as Stenmark is very surreal for any ski racer
because he’s at another level that I don’t think is ever achiev-
able. It’s something that I never would have guessed would be
Ligety has earned it. There is no harder working man in the
Hometown: Franconia, N.H.
Birthplace: Easton, N.H.
Birthdate: Oct. 12, 1977
Club: Carrabassett Valley, Academy
School: Carrabassett Valley Academy
Olympics: 2002, 2006, 2010
Bode Miller is lining up
for his fifth winter Olympics, which speaks volumes but still doesn’t
scratch the surface of
what he has meant to
ski racing, and particularly U.S. ski racing.
Athletically gifted and remarkably charismatic, he has attracted
people to the sport who otherwise had no interest. In the sport
of ski racing, only Killy carried the kind of star power that travels
with Bode Miller.
His soul possesses an understanding of skis and snow and the
physical limitations of the human body. Simply said, the man is
without peer. He’s also without knee ligaments. At least any original parts. Miller’s damages accrued slowly until it was just unreasonable to go on. Fortunately for all of his fans and all fans
of ski racing, Bode Miller lives to ski race. He flat-out loves it.
He elected a surgery (micro-fracture) considered experimental in
some quarters and which requires a lengthy recovery. Now he’s
back, and he’s been fast enough in training to give Ligety second
thoughts in GS. Marriage has calmed him and provide direction.
Miller will not cheat us. We will get everything he has to offer on
the hill. It should be spectacular.
Hometown: Sundance, Utah
Birthplace: Provo, Utah
Birthdate: Feb. 12, 1982
Club: Park City Ski Team/Sundance Ski Team
School: University of Utah
Olympics: 2002, 2006, 2010
Nyman is a presence. He’s big — 6 feet, 4 inches — and he’s
strong. Injuries have cost him dearly, derailing promising seasons at just the wrong times.