The countdown the Olympics 2014 is on! With just under 120 days to go, Ted Ligety is getting ready to hit the slopes. "I'm feeling good. I've been spending a lot of time training out in the snow for the upcoming competition. I'm confident that I'm in a good place going into the World Cup competition, which is a great way to gauge how I'll do in the Olympic Games in February," reveals the skiing champ to Healthy Hollywood.
The 29-year-old world champion was in New York City to promote his partnership with Vicks. The cold and flu medicine is his go-to remedy. "There is no time off when I'm training for competition. I cannot afford a sick day. Competing in a sport that requires thin, spandex uniforms makes you vulnerable to winter colds."
And, to pull off those skin-tight ski pants, he needs to be in top notch shape -- something Ted doesn't need to worry about. He's training year-round for his upcoming skiing competitions. "During the summer, we did a lot of conditioning off the slopes. I live five minutes from the Olympic Training Center in Park City, Utah so it's easy to jump out of bed and get right to work. We condition twice a day, six times a week during the warmer months, focusing on exercises for the lower body, core and a little bit of cardio."
And, now that it's almost ski season, Ted reveals, "During the winter months, getting on the slopes is the best way to stay active. I start out on a spin bike to loosen up and get my muscles moving first thing in the morning. After breakfast we hit the slopes for training."
-- Terri MacLeod
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