Freestyle Skiing - Skicross

1998 Olympian

2002 Olympian

2006 Olympian

2010 Olympian

Personal Specs

Height: 5'9"

 Short List Performance - Alpine

  • 1998 Olympic Winter Games - seventh (Super-G), 20th (Giant Slalom)
  • 2001 World Champion - Super-G
  • 2002 Olympic Winter Games - eighth (Super-G), 16th (Downhill)
  • 2005 World Championships silver medalist (Downhill), bronze medalist (Giant Slalom)
  • 2006 Olympic Winter Games - ninth (Super-G), 10th (Downhill), DNF (Giant Slalom)
  • 12 career World Cup wins

 Short List Performance - Skicross

  • 2008 X Games Champion
  • 2009 World Championships - ninth
  • Two career World Cup top fives

Vancouver Watch

Many thought they had seen the last of Rahlves at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. He had completed his third Olympics at 32 years old, and another four years in the ultra-competitive sport of alpine skiing seemed a pipe dream. However, Rahlves' career was reborn with the creation of skicross, a mix between skiing and snowboardcross that will make its Olympic debut in Vancouver. Rahlves took ninth at the inaugural World Championships, but his Olympic pedigree is unmatched among skicross racers. Maybe that will give him a boost in 2010.


At age 12, Rahlves skied in the winter and jet skied in the summer at his Northern California home. He was a World champion in the latter in 1993 and the former in 2001. He retired after the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, only to rekindle his competitive fires in the new Generation-X skiing discipline.

Did You Know...?

  • Member of California's Governor's Council on physical fitness and sports
  • Wears a helmet cam when he skis to produce films for his Web site