“Retired” probably isn’t the best word to describe Chris Klug’s current stage in life.
The three-time Olympic snowboard racer, bronze medalist and liver transplant recipient did retire from competition last winter, after 20 years on the World Cup circuit. But he’s staying busy launching a new career as a real estate broker, adjusting to life off the road as a new father, and putting more time than ever into his work promoting organ and tissue donation awareness through the Chris Klug Foundation — all while knocking out the occasional amateur backcountry competition.
“I thought it would be a harder transition,” Klug said Friday afternoon at the base of Aspen Mountain. “But I am loving it.”
On Saturday, his foundation will host the annual Summit for Life, a nighttime foot race up Aspen Mountain that’s become its signature event and fundraiser.