Olympic champion Ted Ligety pays visit to Utah youths


Published: July 9, 2014 10:27AM
Updated: July 9, 2014 07:40AM
Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Olympic champion Ted Ligety balances on a ball as he visits the Taylorsville YMCA Summer Day Camp in Taylorsville, Utah Monday, July 7, 2014. This past winter the YMCA of Northern Utah partnered with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, National Winter Sports Education, Ted Ligety and Park City Mountain Resort to give youth in the YMCA programs a chance to learn how to ski.

A batch of Utah youths enjoyed a golden opportunity Monday to meet an Olympic champion.

Park City’s Ted Ligety, two-time Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, visited with kids attending a YMCA Summer Day Camp in Taylorsville.

Ligety — who finished first in the giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia last February and captured the combined crown at Torino, Italy, in 2006 — was among a group of partners supporting the YMCA of Northern Utah, along with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation and Park City Mountain Resort.