Tommy Czeschin, the longest running member of the U.S. Snowboarding team, announced today that he is retiring from competitive snowboarding to pursue other business interests and spend more time with his family.
According to the release: “I definitely wouldn’t call it free time,” Czeschin said. “I have a bunch of businesses that I’m running, I have a family with two kids, a snowboard company called Humanity that’s very busy. I also have a wakesurf company called Crowley Wake.”
In his career, Czeschin made the 2002 Olympic team, six World Championship teams, landed on the podium of 17 World Cups, six of which were wins, was the overall Grand Prix champion twice, earned an X Games silver and bronze medal, a Gravity Games silver medal, was third at the US Open, and had numerous medals at Triple Crown events. ”
Tommy has been such a huge part of U.S. Snowboarding for over 10 years, and is one of the most accomplished athletes in competitive snowboarding,” U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Jeremy Forster said. “It’s awesome to see him start up Crowley Wake along with all his other projects.”
Looking at retiring, though, Czeschin, whose son Owen is 2 and daughter Raegan is 5 weeks, says he’ll still ride frequently, but without a commitment to competing. ”
It’s retirement from the Team but I’m still snowboarding and doing stuff. I’m just basically retiring from the competition side of snowboarding. I’m still working at it and working on building new boards,” Czeschin said. “I think I will miss just the travelling with everyone. We’re just good friends, almost family. Although, it definitely will be nice to be home.” Reflecting on his career, the Olympian said the highest moments of his time with U.S. Snowboarding came from the 2002 Olympics and just spending time with his teammates. ”