Practice and perseverance helped Ted Ligety win three Olympic Gold medals in ski racing. He started to ski at age 2 and became a member of the local ski team by age 10. But it took over a decade of racing, studying, and refining techniques before he finally got his first gold medal. He got beaten in a lot of races as a kid but his passion for the sport prodded him to push himself to the limits and learn different techniques. Sure enough his hard work and perseverance paid off as he competed and won in several world competitions including the Olympics.

People can learn valuable life lessons by engaging in sports. Ted has become an inspiration with his winning attitude whether loses from any battle.

For Ted, skiing helped him build a strong work ethics that he applies both in sports and his job as President of SHRED Optics. But since not everyone can afford the costs of ski training, Ted has teamed-up with YES or Youth Enrichment Services Operation Snow Sports to raise funds and help the urban youth learn how to ski and snowboard. This organization takes-in around 800 youths each year for downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons. Training expenses are kept at a minimum because of funding support from partnerships, donations and fund raising. You can help get more kids on the slopes by supporting Team Ted for Citi Every Step of the Way.

Ted Ligety is one of the nine athletes involved in the Citi Every Step of the Way Campaign. The program offers financial support for US Olympic, paralympic, and community programs through the $500,000 donation given by Citibank to the US Olympic Committee. Team Ted is halfway through their goal in raising funds to get the urban youth on the slopes. With a little support from you and Ted Ligety fans, they can easily reach their goal in no time. Simply visit the Citi Every Step of the Way website and click your support for Team Ted.

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