Year Inducted: 2003
Born:September 13, 1968 Rochester, NY
AJ Kitt made an unusual leap from the national team’s training group right to the World Cup circuit in 1988. He led the resurgence of the U.S. team during the 1990s, one of the first bright lights since the great U.S. teams of the mid-1980s. He provided leadership and inspiration for the men’s team reclaiming a place among the top World Cup nations.
His successes lifted team spirit and U.S. prestige, beginning with his win in the opening World Cup downhill race at Val d’Isere in the 1992 Olympic season. He notched a second place finish in the Hahnenkamm World Cup downhill at Kitzbuel, Austria, finishing third overall in downhill points for the 1992 World Cup season.
Kitt competed in the 1988, ‘92, ’94 and ’98 Winter Olympic Games placing 9th in the Olympic downhill at Albertville, France. In ten years on the World Cup circuit he had 21 top finishes with six top three, one being a bronze at the World Championships in 1993. He competing in over 100 events from 1988 to 1998.