Ski Champion Daron Rahlves
Born on 12 June 1973 in Walnut Creek, California, Daron Rahlves has carved quite a name for himself in skiing circles, being widely acknowledged as one of the most successful American speed racers in skiing history.
He currently lives in Truckee, California with his wife, Michelle and his recently born twins (20 July 2007) a boy, Dreyson and girl, Miley. Rahlves expressed his joy at the birth of his children as being more emotionally overwhelming than anything else he has ever experienced – quite something when you consider the successes he has had in his career.
Daron Rahlves, as part of the American team, is a three-time U.S. Olympian, competing in 1998, 2002 and 2006. In 2003, Rahlves became the first American to win the Hahnenkamm World Cup downhill at Kitzbuhel, an achievement that he is justifiably proud of. Winning this award is the goal of every competitor and winners are considered to be somewhat of a legend, seeing as Kitzbuehel is considered to the “Superbowl” of skiing.
2004 proved to be a good year for Daron Rahlves, as he became the first American to win the World Cup downhill on US soil since 1984, as well as the first American to win the World Cup super-G since 1994 and the first win by a non-Austrian in the Kitzbuehel super-G.
Other highlights for Rahlves are his 2001 super-G World championship victory and, at the 2005 World Championship he won silver in the downhill and bronze in the giant slalom. In total he holds seven US National titles – three in super-G, two in downhill and one in giant slalom.
Daron Rahlves started skiing at the tender age of three. His family would drive from Northern California to Tahoe every weekend to enjoy the snow. Eventually the family moved to Tahoe when Rahlves was 12 years old, giving him the opportunity to develop his skiing skills. By his own admission, alpine skiing is so much part of Rahlves’s life that he thinks about skiing every single day, even when he is busy with other activities.
Daron Rahlves announced his retirement from World Cup racing at the end of the 2005-2006 season, with the goal of exploring different aspects of the sport of skiing and pursuing other interests.
Daron Rahlves may not be participating in competitive snow skiing any longer, but he will certainly not be forgotten – and we may very well see Dreyson and Miley Rahlves following in their father’s footsteps.