Former Olympian Carl Van Loan retires from U.S. Ski Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 15, 2010 12:35 pm

Carl Van Loan announced his retirement from the U.S. Nordic Combined Team today.

“These guys are more than just teammates and friends. They’re more like family,” said Van Loan. “The friendships and the bonds that we created over the years will be with me for a lifetime.”

Van Loan, a product of Andover, New Hampshire, is perhaps best known for his performance at the 2005 World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany where as a member of the U.S. team he narrowly missed a medal. His top result came in Berchtesgaden, Germany in the Summer Grand Prix in August 2005, when he broke into the top 15.

Moving up to the World Cup B circuit in 2006, Van Loan launched into the top-10 in Lake Placid, NY with a seventh place finish. Matching his best result to date, he helped his Team to seventh at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino.

After a three-year hiatus from international competition, Van Loan came back to compete in the Continental Cup during the 2009-10 winter season. Posting four solid results, with a top-15 in Lake Placid, Van Loan consistently proved he was still a threat.

As for Van Loan’s future plans, he will continue working as a personal trainer and online coach for the company he founded, Van Loan Training Systems, where he coaches athletes for specific events via email and telephone.

“These guys are more than just teammates and friends. They’re more like family,” said Van Loan. “The friendships and the bonds that we created over the years will be with me for a lifetime.”

 

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