ANGELS CAMP, CA - There are only a handful of people who can say they were once the best in the world at something. Kyle Rasmussen is one of them after winning two World Cup skiing competitions about 15 years ago.
"As a ski racer, those World Cups mean a lot to me," said Rasmussen, who also skied in three different Olympic games.
Rasmussen still lives in Angels Camp and stays busy these days in the construction field and fishing competitively. He remembered what it took to do so well skiing.
"You need to respect the hills, but you have to be fearless. We were hitting speeds of 150 kilometers, which is in the 90-mile per hour range," said Rasmussen.
"Going 90 is not like being in a car. It's not smooth. It's bouncy, rough, and things are rattling. Your vision is not good. Anything above 70, it's when you start hanging on," he said.
Rasmussen wasn't surprised to see weather issues delay some of the races at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in Whistler. It's because of the ski resort's low elevation.
"It's probably one of my favorite resorts, but dealing with Mother Nature you have to be patient. There's fog, rain, and changing conditions. We always thought (during World Cup competitions) there was a 20 percent chance of getting a race off at Whistler," said Rasmussen.
Despite competing at three different Olympics, Rasmussen wasn't able to win a medal. His best moments came at the World Cup competitions in Austria and Switzerland when victory carried the label of being the best in the world.