Tommy Moe and AJ Kitt spent a decade as teammates with the U.S. Ski Team, then decided to go together into retirement.
Moe, 28, retired four years after his biggest season, when he won the downhill gold and the super-G silver in the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway. Much of the time since then was spent trying to overcome injuries.Kitt, 29, had one World Cup victory, but he could have had three more had not bad weather interrupted races he led. He also won a bronze medal in the 1993 world championships in Japan but, like Moe, was severely hampered by a knee injury.
Their departure leaves the men's downhill squad thin as the world championships return to the United States next winter, Jan. 31-Feb. 14 at Vail and Beaver Creek, Colo. Veteran Kyle Rasmussen of Angels Camp, Calif., and Daron Rahlves of Truckee, Calif., who added downhill to his super-G speciality last season, lead a youthful group of speed skiers.
Men's coach Bill Egan said Moe and Kitt agreed to act as guest coaches during the season, schedule permitting.