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Skier Kyle Rasmussen Retires

October 15, 1998

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ Three-time Olympic Alpine skier Kyle Rasmussen of Angels Camp, Calif., the only American man to win two World Cup ski races in the 1990s, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years with the U.S. Ski Team.

Rasmussen was the last of the ``Big Three″ downhillers who lifted the team to unprecedented heights during the decade. Tommy Moe of Jackson, Wyo., who won the 1994 Olympic downhill gold medal and the super-G silver, and AJ Kitt of Boulder, Colo., bronze medalist in the 1993 World Championships downhill, announced their retirements last spring.

``My knee’s never felt better,″ said Rasmussen, who missed half the 1997 season because of torn ligaments in his right knee. He experienced pain during a summer training camp at Oregon’s Mount Hood, he said, ``but that wasn’t a problem.″

``It’s just that I’ve wanted to get on with my life. At some point, you have to make that commitment.″

Rasmussen, 30, said he has enjoyed spending the summer with his wife and two children while helping a friend build a motel.

He hopes to stay involved with the national team, he said, possibly as a guest coach on World Cup trips or at various camps.

Rasmussen, a former junior national champion, had planned to retire after the 1994 season but when he finished second in the Olympic combined downhill, he decided to keep racing. The next season, he won the 65th Lauberhorn, one of the sport’s most heralded downhills, at Wengen, Switzerland and won another race on the Olympic course in Kvitfjell, Norway.

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