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PARK CITY, UT (June 2) – Olympic teammates Evan Dybvig (Bethel, VT) and Brian Currutt (Park City, UT) plus former World Championships skier Corey Hacker (Boston, NY) have decided to retire from World Cup skiing, U.S. Freestyle Director PollyJo Clark said.
Dybvig, 27, a two-time Olympic moguls skier and two-time U.S. moguls champion, is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team who has battled knee injuries since the mid-Nineties. He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament seven years ago and tore his right ACL as he landed his second jump at the 2002 Olympics; he put retirement on hold a year ago, looking for a strong recovery and another chance at World Cup competition.
However, given an opportunity to spend more time at home with his wife and young son while recuperating last season, as well as coach at his alma mater, Killington Mountain School (VT), Dybvig has decided to retire and continue coaching with Team Killington Freestyle, which incorporates students from KMS and Killington Ski Club. (Coincidentally, Team Killington’s Matt Gnoza was selected as Freestyle Domestic Coach of the Year.)
Dybvig, who competed in three World Championships in addition to the two Olympics, said he still holds a dream to compete one last time at the Olympics “but it’s time to close that door and move on. There are other things that are really interesting and exciting for me…
“I have a family and that’s more important,” he said.
He won the 1994 and 2000 U.S. moguls championships and his international highlights included seven top-3 finishes in World Cup action plus sixth in moguls at the 2001 Worlds and seventh in 1997.
Currutt, 29, who was sixth in aerials at the 2002 Olympics, also was on two World Championships Teams and, following ankle surgery last fall, completed the 2003 World Cup season with an injured elbow. A native of the Cleveland, OH, area where he was an outstanding high school soccer player, he put college on hold and moved to Park City in the mid-Nineties for aerials training opportunities.
“It’s been great. The Olympics – in your home country, in your home town, your home soil, with your family and friends there…they were perfect. I’m so happy I could be part of it,” Currutt said. “I’ll miss the people – my teammates and coaches, the guys on the other teams, so many good friends – but otherwise I don’t have any regrets, none at all. It’s been fun.”
Currutt, married earlier this month to moguls skier Hannah Hardaway, another 2002 Olympian, is enrolled at the University of Utah and has five classes to complete toward a degree in communications before he’s done in December. He also plans to perform in summer exhibitions at Utah Olympic Park with Flying Ace Productions and possibly a handful of other exhibitions elsewhere.
Hacker, a seven-year veteran of the Ski Team, missed last season while recuperating from a shoulder injury. “I have always said to myself that I was going decide when to end my career, not have it ended for me,” he said. Hacker, the 1998 Nor Am aerials champion, said he was starting a job with a design company and thanked U.S. coaches and his teammates. “Not many people in this world pursue their dreams in the way I have. I am very pleased with all of my accomplishments and privileged to represent the best team in the World,” he said.
Clark said, “We’ll miss Evan and Curdog and Corey. They’ve been excellent team members and positive influences, and it’s been so good to have them competing. It’s outstanding that Evan’s staying in the sport as a club coach; he’s a great motivator…and Brian’s a great ambassador for his sport. Nobody worked harder than Corey and we certainly wish ’em all the best.”