A thrilling day on the slopes made Ted Ligety the second American man to win two gold medals in Alpine skiing.
Jean Sharp, who lives in Harbert, Michigan, got a call before 6 a.m. Wednesday to notify her of Ligety's win.
"The telephone rings and I'm expecting a friend from South Bend to call me," said Sharp, Ligety's grandmother. "No, it was from Sochi, Russia! My daughter calling me from Sochi to announce the fact that Ted had won the gold medal. And I said 'Cindi how can you afford this it cost $100 to make the call.' She said 'An NBC man loaned me his phone so I could make the call!' That was good to hear."
Sharp has an entire stairwell in her home dedicated to her grandson's career. She calls the special area her "ski slope."
As a child, Ligety spent many summer days at his grandmother's Michigan home.
Little items around the house show just how proud this grandmother is about her grandson's achievements.
Sharp recalls the moment Ligety was inspired to hit the slopes.
"He was 10 years old during the winter Olympics," she said. "Ted saw that he said 'That's what I want to do when I grow up! He's had that on his mind."
She said she can't wait to watch Ligety win the gold for the second time during prime-time coverage.
United States' Ted Ligety celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)