Ted Ligety didn't have a great start in competitive alpine skiing, getting beat by boys as well as girls during his youth. He really got his start when he started "playing forward" - forgetting those losses and finding the drive inside him to become a superstar.
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Start Story Transcript: Ted Ligety
00:00 [On Screen] Kellogg's presents
00:04 [On Screen] Ted Ligety, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Alpine Skiing, Men's Combined
00:10 [On Screen] "Playing forward"
00:15 Ted Ligety: The fastest I've ever been clocked is at 100 miles an hour. And that's why I love ski racing is that I love going fast and being scared at the same time.
00:24 Ted: You know you're having a good run when you're on the limit of falling, on the edge of being pretty scared. That's part of what drives me as well.
00:30 [On Screen] start story
00:33 Ted: I started skiing when I was 2 years old and fell in love with it pretty quickly.
00:37 Ted's Dad: One of the things we joke about now is that Park City ski area was really his babysitter.
00:42 Ted's Mom: In the beginning he didn't do all that well ski racing. All of his friends were beating him, all the younger kids, boys were beating him, and girls were beating him and he said "Wait now I've got to do something."
00:53 Ted: I think that really gave me my drive. I think if I was good at a young age I probably wouldn't be where I am today.
00:58 Ted's Mom: It made him more determined. I think it's probably actually an advantage. He went skiing at night, would stay afterwards and finally it started clicking.
1:05 Ted: My name is Ted Ligety and I enjoy beating people
1:08 Ted's Coach: He hates to lose. Doesn't matter if it's a conversation about butter or ski racing, he absolutely hates losing.
1:15 Ted's Dad: He loves that risk of pushing, where you're really putting everything on the line to do something.
1:22 Ted's Coach: He was disappointed that he hadn't won a gold at the World Juniors and he really started to put the hammer down. Scored his first World Cup points at 19 years old. Made a big mistake. Then the next day won a Europa Cup with dominating style.
1:35 [On Screen] 7:08 AM Park City, UT
1:37 Ted: You know if you're going to go do stuff, especially in the morning you have to have something in your system to be in the right state of mind and also to be right physically. So I think for us, in ski racing were normally competing in the morning, so your only meal between when you wake up and when you race is breakfast.
1:49 Ted's Coach: What he does, which is extremely special, which very few athletes do, is move forward. They have a disappointing day, disappointing run, he analyzes it very quickly: what he did, what he needs to do to get better, and then puts all his effort into that. We call that 'playing forward.' You look at all great champions, they do it.
2:06 Ted: When I won the gold medal in the 2006 Olympics I actually wasn't crying until I saw my parents because both of them were both crying pretty hard.
2:13 Ted's Dad: Our hearts were in our throats watching him, and just thought, if he could get on the podium that would be amazing. And then he ends up winning. Just incredible.
2:22 [On Screen] After winning Gold at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Grames, Ted went on to win three Gold Medals at the 2013 World Championships. (Kellogg's Logo, U.S. Olympics logo, Proud Sponsor)
2:27 [On Screen] He is the first man in 45 years to do so.
2:29 Ted: After the Olympics I didn't want to be known as a one hit wonder so I pushed myself really hard to reach another level.
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2:37 [On Screen] come great things
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