Veteran Casey Puckett Concludes Ski Cross Career at 2012 Winter X

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 30, 2012 12:27 pm

Photo: Getty Images. Vancouver, BC

Veteran Casey Puckett concluded his 10 year X Games career over the weekend with a strong fifth place finish in the men’s Ski Cross. The 39-year old Aspen has won three X Games medals (two gold and a bronze) and is also one of only three Americans to compete in five Winter Olympics: ’92, ’94, ’98, ’02 for alpine skiing and 2010 for Ski Cross. Puckett said it was his last run prior to the final, which was won by Canada’s Chris Del Bosco

Puckett went into retirement following the 2002 Salt Lake Games and began coaching a local ski club in Aspen. Though he was happy with his new occupation, Puckett admits that “I hadn’t really gotten my competitive bug out yet,” and after trying out ski cross in 2003, he says “I fell in love with it.” Puckett recorded his first top-three World Cup Ski Cross finish with a second-place result in Les Contamines, France, in January 2008 and went on to be a member of the US Olympic Ski Cross team in 2010 for the sport’s debut.

                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

A Ski Cross pioneer and amazing all-around athlete, Casey will be missed as a competitor…we wish him the best of luck!  For more information about Ski Cross and for highlights from the 2012 Winter X Games, click here.