Ted Ligety competes at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Dec. 6, 2019 in Beaver Creek, Colo.
Ted Ligety has two new sons — and one healthy hand with which to care for them.
The U.S. skiing champ announced his wife Mia Pascoe gave birth to twin boys Friday, two days after her Olympic-gold-medalist husband broke his wrist in a mountain bike crash. The boys join another son, Jax, who just turned 3.
“My wife is a superhero,” Ligety posted to social media, accompanying a picture of the proud parents and newborn boys, both comfortably swaddled in mom’s arms. “She has a long road ahead with 3 boys (4 including me). #twins #dadstrength3x #babyboys.”
The boys’ arrival comes at a slightly awkward time for Ligety, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, who flew over his handlebars while biking at Deer Valley Resort in Utah Wednesday. He posted a video of the crash to Instagram, along with a word of warning to fellow guys out there.
“Advice to men with pregnant (wives),” he wrote. “Don’t get hurt 2 days before the due date.”
For what it’s worth, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, in sending its congratulations to the parents, backed up Ligety’s endorsement.
“Sending a major CONGRATS to @tedligety and Mia on the birth of their twin boys,” the NGB posted to Twitter. “We agree with Ted...Mia is a superhero!”
Ligety, 35, is one of Team USA’s most decorated alpine skiers. The Park City, Utah, native won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 in the alpine combined event, and eight years later he added another one, this time in the giant slalom, at the Sochi Games in 2014. A four-time Olympian, Ligety has also won five world titles notched 25 wins and five season titles on the world cup circuit. All but one of his world cup wins was in the giant slalom.
The veteran ski racer announced prior to the 2019-20 season that he would be stepping back his world cup schedule. The 2020-21 season is scheduled to open in October in Austria.