BEAVER CREEK,COLORADO,USA,13.FEB.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, giant slalom, men. Image shows Ted Ligety (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

PARK CITY, Utah —The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain have teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety by asking the ski community, “What makes you a champion?”

Inspired by the official U.S. Ski Team mascot, Champ, the team has released a series of articles asking elite athletes about the moment they truly felt like a champion. Now, the question has been turned to the greater ski racing audience. From Oct. 12-25, leading into the opening weekend of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Soelden, fans and ski racers can enter on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using words, videos or photos to describe what makes them a champion using the hashtag #WhatMakesAChamp. Ted Ligety will select his favorite answer.


“What makes a champion in my mind is doing your best in the most crucial situation, whether it’s winning or losing. It’s having all those things come together at the perfect moment when you’re giving your all – being able to compete under high pressure and be successful at it,” said Ligety.

The winner of the contest will be awarded a trip for three to Copper Mountain in Colorado to race in the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials with Ted Ligety on Nov. 6. The trip includes round-trip tickets to Colorado, airport transportation, two nights’ lodging in Copper’s Center Village, three two-day lift tickets, an official U.S. Ski Team uniform and a VIP swag bag. The Pacesetting Trials will be highlighted with the official team naming of the U.S. Ski Team.

Silver and bronze packages will be given away to the second and third-place winners, which include official U.S. Ski Team uniforms and swag bags.

“First time I felt like a champion? Probably when I was young, it may have been in a NASTAR course, getting a gold medal and being super psyched on that,” continued Ligety. “I know it wasn’t the biggest achievement in the world, but knowing that you’re pretty good at something was a good feeling.”

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