After 13 World Cup Seasons Lucia Recchia retires
The news site Wintersport News is reporting that the 32 years old Italian skier Lucia Recchia, winner of a Silver medal at the World Championships super G in Bormio in 2009, decided it was time to make health a priority and retire form skiracing. The speed specialist leaves the World Cup with two podium finishes, a second place in Altenmarkt and a third in Are, both in super G during the 2004-2005 season.
“Unfortunately my knee started to once again bother me so, after a summer where I was able to train well, I came to the decision that it was time to retire from racing. It has been a very hard decision, I have always been very passionate about skiing and was very well aware of the privilege I was given when my passion became my job…not many have that kind of luck! In my 13 years on he World Cup Tour, I had so many great experiences. Obviously there were hard times as well but they always stimulated me to get back on my feet, get better and work harder then before. I was also lucky to have people that supported me and helped me; otherwise I would have had to retire a lot earlier. Now it’s time to put my health first. I am feeling serene, I know I tried everything – I know in the future I can be at the bottom of a race and be happy to cheer for my former teammates.
All retirements are sad but they are also an opportunity for new challenges and new beginnings. We wish Lucia all the best in everything life after skiing will bring her way!