I competed racing and then switched over to freestyle. Even did both during high school. Quit competing at the end of my only century year (100 days skiing) when I was 21. Way to much politics in freestyle (a judged sport). Was coaching myself, but had a few good friends with a keen eye that really helped me out. Expenses were overwhelming getting an undergraduate degree, competing, traveling. I had turned down international slots twice due to funds. Education was always my first priority anyway. My senior year, I didn't ski nearly as much--I was burnt out and I didn't really know how to enjoy it. I was accustomed to always starting out the day with drills. I chose moguls over powder. (I still suck in powder, but I'll blame the skinny mogul skis on that. )
I skied at probably 45+ ski areas, but only a few runs getting to and from the different courses. One year nationals was at Squaw Valley and I feel like I never actually skied it. Some day I will make it back.
Grad school was even more hectic. Got two master's degree, was a teaching assistance, and worked. No time for skiing. When I moved to Colorado, I didn't realize how far away the skiing would be. I was definitely spoiled living in Salt Lake City. Travel with work took up so much time. When you fly home on Friday night or Saturday morning and leave Sunday night, skiing is not at option. Then two broken ankles and a car accident really screwed things up.
I took over a decade off from skiing. I have to admit, some days I get really self-conscious about my skiing. I guess that comes from being in a judged sport where every pole plant, upper body movement, leg separation, and aerial maneuver was scrutinized. I need someone to take video of me skiing, but, then again, I'm not sure if I'd actually watch it.
So that's my rant how a elite level freestyler got separated from the sport.