ESPN.com brings us a look at what former Squaw Valley local, Kent Kreitler, has been up to. Look for Kent out on the slopes this year as he makes a return to skiing. “If anyone wonders what happened to pro freeskier Kent Kreitler — why one of the best ever would sell all his skis, quit the sport and move to the city, living with strangers in an apartment and going two years with no income, before abruptly deciding this year to re-enter the life he abandoned — he can explain.It started in the winter of 2007-’08. Kreitler was living in Switzerland, making $115,000 a year as a professional big-mountain skier. He’d been questioning his life in the lingering fog of a hero’s death, and his doubt was growing as his profile was shrinking.
“Once Doug Coombs died, that really affected me, to have someone who was so skilled and knowledgeable fall off a mountain like that,” Kreitler, 40, said in a recent interview. “It just made me really start looking at what I was doing and what I’d gotten away with. I’ve always been careful, and that’s probably why I’m still here, but I’d just kind of lost my passion. So I kind of let people know that, and it didn’t really sit too well. I kind of said: Let me know what you want me to do, but I don’t want to do what I was doing.” Full Post by Devon O’Neil – ESPN