Jan. 29, 2002 — 2002 marks the first Olympics since the 1988 Games in Calgary that Tommy Moe won’t be racing for Team USA. Moe, now 31, became the golden child of Lillehammer with his super-G silver and downhill gold medals. He also competed in Albertville and Nagano, before retiring after the 1998 ski season. Does he feel left out with all the hype surrounding Salt Lake City?
“I was lucky enough to race in three Olympics, but now, going into 2002, I’m a little older. I could probably still be racing World Cup if I was really committed to it, but after Nagano, I had been on the World Cup for eleven years and I knew it was time. Once your heart’s not in it you’ve gotta get out while you’re ahead,” explains Moe.
“But I’ll definitely be at Salt Lake,” he continues. “I’ll be working with Spyder and then staying at the US Ski Team house that’s been named The Champion’s Club, and I’m going to be with Sports Illustrated for a couple rounds. I’ll be there the whole two weeks, so, yeah, it is kind of weird-just watching. You always have mixed emotions.”
When not doing sponsor promotions across the country, Moe is the skiing ambassador for Jackson Hole Resort. Blond, strong, and infinitely personable, he stays in race shape and competes on the Jeep King of the Mountain professional downhill series with teammate Kyle Rasmussen.
Describing the difference between racing World Cup and the pro circuit, Tommy says, “The main thing is that I have a life now. You don’t have to worry about the next time you’re going to get your dirty clothes washed… I really like being in the states, waking up in my own bed and making my own coffee. The World Cup was awesome, don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of great memories…. it’s hard for me to explain how great it really was.”
As the last American Olympic downhill medalist, who does Moe see taking the podium?
“I feel really good about the Olympics being in the States. The US team has a chance to do really well, and Daron Rahlves is our best chance. As far as Daron medaling in downhill over super-G, it’s just luck of the draw. Either one.”
Moe finishes with a grin, “Let’s see if Daron can match my tally.”