Longtime U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive, shown here in October 2007, made her retirement official with the U.S. Ski Team on Tuesday. Lalive raced for 13 seasons, was a two-time Olympian and stood on five World Cup podiums.

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Longtime U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive, shown here in October 2007, made her retirement official with the U.S. Ski Team on Tuesday. Lalive raced for 13 seasons, was a two-time Olympian and stood on five World Cup podiums.

Olympic ski racer Lalive officially retires

Longtime U.S. Ski Team member confirms end of racing career

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2010 US freestyle team

- A Team

Men

Patrick Deneen, moguls, Cle Elum, Wash.; Sho Kashima, moguls, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Michael Morse, moguls, Duxbury, Mass.; Jeret Peterson, aerials, Boise, Idaho; Casey Puckett, ski cross, Aspen; Daron Rahlves, ski cross, Sugar Bowl, Calif.; Nate Roberts, moguls, Park City, Utah; Ryan St. Onge, aerials, Winter Park

Women

Shannon Bahrke, moguls, Tahoe City, Calif.; Emily Cook, aerials, Belmont, Mass.; Hannah Kearney, moguls, Norwich, Vt.; Shelly Robertson, moguls, Reno, Nev.; Emiko Torito, moguls, Denver

- B Team

Men

Dave Babic, moguls, Washington, Vt.; Scott Bahrke, aerials, Tahoe City, Calif.; Dylan Ferguson, aerials, Amesbury, Mass; Bryon Wilson, moguls, Butte, Mont.

Women

Jana Lindsey, aerials, Black Hawk, S.D.; Eliza Outtrim, moguls, Steamboat Springs; Michelle Roark, moguls, Denver; Lacy Schnoor, aerials, Draper, Utah

- C Team

Men

Jeremy Cota, moguls, Carrabassett Valley, Maine; Shane Cordeau moguls, Sun Valley, Idaho; Matt DePeters, aerials, Hamburg, N.Y.; David DiGravio, moguls, Farmington, Maine; Jimmy Discoe, moguls, Ridgway; Joe Discoe, moguls, Telluride; Landon Gardner, moguls, Missoula, Mont.; Holt Haga, moguls, Boise, Idaho

Women

Ani Haas, moguls, Missoula, Mont.; Mikaela Matthews, moguls, Frisco; Heather McPhie, moguls, Park City, Utah; Jaime Myers, aerials, Boise, Idaho; Laurel Shanley, moguls, Squaw Valley, Calif.; Kayla Snyderman, moguls, Winchester, Mass.; Allison Treleaven, aerials, Fort Wayne, Ind.

— Longtime U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive, who announced her intentions of retiring with the Steamboat Pilot & Today in April, made it official with the U.S. Ski Team on Tuesday.

Lalive trained as a youth with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, raced for 13 seasons, was a two-time Olympian and stood on five World Cup podiums.

She skied into the national spotlight at 18 years old, when she finished seventh in the combined event at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

She also won the gold at the 1999 Junior World Championships and had 15 top-10 World Cup finishes.

Lalive missed the 2006 Olympics, and 2007 and 2008 seasons, with injuries. She battled back to make the World Cup circuit last season, only to suffer another knee injury in February. All told, Lalive suffered 19 ski-related injuries, including 12 to her knees.

"I'm ready because I have to be," Lalive said Wednesday. "It's definitely bittersweet. That's the best way to sum it up. Had my body allowed me to, I'd have done it forever. I'll ski for the rest of my life. But as far as World Cups or Olympics go, injury after injury, it wasn't realistic anymore."

Lalive said after looking at her options, retirement became the best choice. She's currently going to school in Denver at Colorado Advanced Esthetics, a leading school in skin care. She also does part-time personal training at Fusion Fit in Steamboat Springs. Long term, Lalive said eventually she'd like to own a business focusing on fitness.

"I would love to have my own facility where I could improve overall body nutrition, body health and body awareness," she said.

Lalive became a standout on snow not only for her racing, but also for her ability to fight back from injuries. Dubbed by most as "the comeback kid," Lalive never let injuries get in the way of her ultimate goal.

"Caroline's work ethic and commitment to winning is second to none," U.S. Ski Team coach Jim Tracy said in a news release. "Caroline also brought to the team a bond that will not be easily replaced. Not only with the U.S. Ski Team, but the entire World Cup circuit will miss Caroline's infectious smile and laugh."

Lalive said she would love to come back to Steamboat Springs and open her business. She said she'd also like to help out with the Winter Sports Club at some point in the future.

Until then, Lalive is just trying to adjust to a normal schedule - something she hasn't had in more than 15 years. "

"My whole career is one of incredible ups and incredible heartbreaks," she said. "I started weighing the pros and cons. I want to be able to walk when I'm 50. All that played a major role in my decision."

Comments

jimbo 4 years, 8 months ago

Caroline you rock...one of the most beautiful and toughest chicks ever!

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