Jake Zamansky, Aspen resident and member of the U.S. Ski Team, has decided to retire. We recently saw him in the 2010 Olympics, his last race being the giant slalom at Whistler.
“I didn’t intend for the Olympics to cap my career,” said Zamansky, after returning from a surfing trip to Nicaragua with fellow U.S. Ski Team alums Scott Macartney, Erik Schlopy and Bryon Friedman. “After Whistler, I still thought I had some fight left in me, but the way my body feels, it’s just the right time to move on.”
Jake joined the ski team in 2001, just before his 18th birthday. He had an illustrious career filled with World Cup points, U.S. Championship medals and appearances at the Audi FIS Alpine World Championships and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
“I look at my life right now and I am so thankful for the freedom that ski racing has provided,” he said. “It’s a very special lifestyle and that comes from the people involved in skiing world. “I’ve seen so much of the world, I ride motocross, surf in the summer and then each winter, I’ve been able to do what I love the most and make a living doing it that’s pretty special.”
It was great watching you shred the slopes, Jake. We’ll miss you.