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Web Exclusive: What goes through Ted Ligety's mind before a race

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Web Exclusive: What goes through Ted Ligety's mind before a race (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)

(KUTV) Ted Ligety has a game plan before he starts a race. He inspects the course an hour before the race starts, memorizes it, then goes through it in his mind.

But once he's in the start gate, he tries to clear his head.

"My main mantra I guess would be that I want to ski in a way that I'm happy when I cross the finish line with my approach," Ligety said.

That way, if he makes any mistakes he can still know he pushed as hard as he could a skied smartly.

Ligety says he was frustrated with how he skied in the 2010 Olympics, where he had been a favorite.

"I knew I could have gone harder and that really flipped the switch for me," he said.

So now he works on clearing his mind and trying his hardest. He doesn't focus on losing or winning.

"I try not to think of losing a big race as a loss," he said. "It's just something to win."

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