Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Sochi 2014, Day 12?

ted-ligety-325With two excellent runs down the giant slalom course Wednesday at the Winter Olympics, American Olympic skiier Ted Ligety split from his competition and secured his place as the event’s gold medal finisher.

Ligety is the first American man to win two alpine golds, a position he claimed by sailing down the mountain as though he were out for a Sunday morning glide in his home state of Utah.

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As the edges of his skis bit into the soft snow, Ligety seemed completely at ease and utterly in control. His first trip from the summit awarded him a 1.5-second lead on his closest competitor (and silver medalist), France’s Steve Missilier; that cushion ultimately helped the American nail a second run despite a momentary misstep from which he quickly recovered.

As his family rejoiced in the stands, Ligety skidded into the finish area and collapsed in a happy heap, celebrating his comeback after a disappointing showing at the 2010 Vancouver games.

Missilier’s compatriot Alexis Pinturault ended the day in third place, .64 seconds past Ligety’s combined time, and was awarded the bronze medal.

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Meanwhile, American skiier Bode Miller’s day started rough and ended worse: He placed 20th in the competition and, citing re-aggravated knee problems, withdrew from a slalom event on Saturday.

What Wednesday event got you cheering? Were you tuned in to the women’s bobsled finals? Shocked by the tumbles during the women’s figure skating short program? Completely obsessed with hockey? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. kd86953 says:

    oh how HAPPY i was for ted ligety! he had such a rough go of it earlier in the games; it was awesome to see him come out on top on his last chance. (sidenote, how adorable are his parents?!)

  2. Margaret says:

    Yay Ted Ligety!! I’ve been a huge fan of his since he won so surprisingly won gold in Turino in 2006, and he’s really grown into a leader of the US Ski Team. I’m so happy he skied so well under the pressure of being the favorite, well done :)

  3. Anna says:

    I was extremely happy for Ligety! There were some surprising mistakes in the women’s figure skating, but some of the performances were beautiful. Loved the Italian skater.

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  5. FF says:

    Finland winning two medals ja beating Russia in hockey. All in the same day :) Sami Jauhojärvi becoming olympic gold medalist at his last olympic start. If one guy deserved medal he surtainly is.

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    A Norwegian guy became a legend

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  9. Eliza says:

    So happy for Ted Ligety! My heart was beating fast on his last run. Congrats to him.

  10. name says:

    I think my favourite moment was when a civil war broke out in the Ukraine, partially due to Russia’s involvement in the region. That’s what makes these games soooo special.

  11. Mika02 says:

    Lauryn Williams picking up her second medal in two year in two different seasons of Olympics then becoming the 5th person in history to do this, USA women’s bobsled teams getting 2 & 3 and Lolo Jones stills has nada.

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  13. David P. Graf says:

    I loved how the Olympics figured out once again how to hose up the judging in figure skating giving someone who didn’t have a perfect performance the thumbs up over someone who did. What a joke!

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