On Wednesday afternoon at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Sochi, Ted Ligety became the first American skier to capture gold in the men’s giant slalom.
Ligety, who entered as the favorite and held a commanding lead after his first run, finished with a total time of 2:45.29.
Before Wednesday, the Sochi Games had been a bit of a disappointment for the 29-year-old from Salt Lake City. He came into the giant slalom having finished just 12th in the men’s super-combined and 14th in the super-G.
But all that will be forgotten now, and Ligety will have his name forever etched in the annals of American Olympic history.
Steve Missillier of France, nicknamed “the missile,” led the field up until Ligety’s final run. He ended up with a second-place finish and a silver medal.
Rounding out the podium was Missilier’s compatriot, Alexis Pinturault, who captured bronze. [Full Quote]
OLYMPIC RESULT: Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States won gold in ice dancing today at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, becoming the first American Olympic champions in the event.
The defending Olympic champions, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, earned silver.
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With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics only weeks away and violence currently plaguing the Russian population, the planned response to and protest of the country’s anti-gay laws are gaining more traction than ever.
In fact, Willis is claiming that the disco track was never even intended to be an anthem for the gay community!
“If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead, but I think it’s silly because the lyrics were written by me as an expression of urban youths having fun at the YMCA,” Willis reportedly stated. “The words were crafted by me to be taken any number of ways but not specific to gays. It’s much broader than that. The song is universal. I don’t mind that gays think the song is about them but I won’t perform the song in support of any protest.”