Ligety desperate to 'chase the gates' again

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Watching the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships has given Ted Ligety the extra motivation he needed to come back from his back problems.

Ligety is a five-time world champion across giant slalom, super-G and Alpine combined, but has been plagued by injuries in recent years.

The American tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Oberjoch 12 months ago and since Solden in October Ligety has been struggling with his back.

In the run-up to the World Championships he announced he would undergo surgery to correct the problem.

So while the likes of Marcel Hirscher and Erik Guay were winning gold in St Moritz, Ligety was forced to be a spectator, something he clearly is not keen on doing too often.

Ligety took to Instagram following the conclusion of the championships on Sunday and posted: "Watching World Champs makes me want to chase some gates."

When the 32-year-old actually returns to the piste remains to be seen, with many not expecting him to be in race shape until the next FIS World Cup season later this year.