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Ligety headlines contingent at US championships

By Pat Graham

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, March 30 2011 3:40 p.m. MDT

FILE - This Jan. 8, 2011, file photo shows Ted Ligety, of the U.S. during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland. Ligety's way of unwinding from a long winter of ski racing revolves around one thing: more skiing. Ligety, who recently won his third World Cup giant slalom title in four years, is headed to the U.S. championships this week.

Alessandro Trovati, File, Associated Press

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Ted Ligety's way of unwinding from a wearing winter of ski racing involves one thing.

More skiing.

Ligety, the reigning World Cup giant slalom winner, really has few other hobbies.

And with the snow in his hometown of Park City, Utah, beckoning this time of year, the skis won't go into the closet anytime soon — if at all.

Ligety's offseason to-do list is quite extensive, starting with the U.S. championships Thursday as he competes in the giant slalom against up-and-comers in the ski program.

He also will attend a series of slalom and super-G training camps that stretch into July.

That's simply the commitment it takes to become an overall World Cup champion.

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