Web Exclusive: Ted Ligety is also a businessman

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Web Exclusive: Ted Ligety is also a businessman (Photo courtesy Ted Ligety's Facebook page)

(KUTV) Ted Ligety is more than an athlete. He's also a businessman.

Ligety has two companies, Shred Optics and Slytech Protection.

The companies are responsible for helmets, goggles and sunglasses as well as protective gear for skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Both have been up and running since 2006--after Ligety's Olympic win.

Ligety enjoys the businesses just as much as skiing, because there is still a competitive element to it.

"Part of the company is trying to figure out ways to use my brain in a different way, but also ways to improve the equipment out there to make myself faster."

And it really helps the company to have Ligety as a part of the team.

"Me being a co-founder is a really good way to get credibility for our business for sure," he said.

Person 2 Person interview

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