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Ted Ligety to return this weekend

Ted Ligety

SOELDEN, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 26: (FRANCE OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Menâs Giant Slalom on October 26, 2014 in Soelden, Austria. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety is expected to return from wrist surgery to racing in Beaver Creek, Colo., this weekend.

Ligety, 30, needed four screws inserted into his left wrist after hooking a gate in training Nov. 22. He missed last weekend’s races in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“Once you get four screws put in there, it’s pretty locked down,” Ligety said, according to the AP. “We’re not concerned about any further damage, other than smashing it on a gate, which would hurt it anyway. Once you have screws in there, it’s just waiting until the swelling comes down and the strength to come back. I’ve kind of had the pain go away a little bit.”

He was to be fitted with a splint to wear while skiing and has been training with one ski pole. He’s expected to enter a downhill Friday, super-G Saturday and giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek. NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage all weekend (full schedule here).

“That’s my job, to be out there skiing, no matter what,” Ligety said, according to The Associated Press. “I wouldn’t miss this for the world.

“If I can do this relatively safe, then I’m going to be out there to push it.”

Ligety got off to a slow start this season, finishing 10th in a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 26. He had won in Soelden the previous three years. Ligety then finished 18th in a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 16.

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