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BREAKING NEWS: End of era as all-time great Marcel Hirscher retires
After weeks of speculation the Austrian skiing star has announced his retirement.
After weeks of speculation, Marcel Hirscher announced his retirement from alpine skiing on Wednesday – appearing grateful and visibly at peace with his decision as he spoke to an audience of 100 accredited media at Salzburg Gusswerk in his native Austria, and a prime time TV audience watching at home.
“It is not a major surprise anymore, but this is the day where I am ending my career as a ski racer,” he said.
“It is going to be easier and better for me and I think this is a very good step.”
Hirscher’s decision marks the end of an era that will forever bear his name – and the finish line for one of the most impressive careers in any sport, one that took 4,554 days from beginning to end.
During that time, Hirscher competed 245 times in the World Cup and 24 times in the Olympic Games and World Championships – racing for a total of 7 hours, 17 minutes, 50 seconds, 40 hundredths of a second.
Competing in his own inimitable style, he re-wrote ski history and became an all-time hero, winning the overall World Cup eight times in succession, and also picking up the small crystal ball as the winner in slalom and giant slalom, six times apiece. All in all, he achieved 67 World Cup victories, among 138 podium finishes, and won two Olympic gold medals and one silver. With seven world titles and four silver medals, Marcel Hirscher is the world champion among world champions.
Speaking in a live interview with Marco Büchel, Hirscher said he had weighed everything up, before coming to the right decision at the right time.
“The last two weeks have seen a lot of turbulence but I feel very clearly and there were many reasons. It is the sum of many parts that have made this decisions. I am not just switching jobs, I am changing an entire life. I am ending a life overnight, and what the future will bring, how I am going to be, is very exciting.”