Ambrosi Hoffmann retires

10 March 2012 08:38

Ambrosi Hoffmann, the Swiss speed specialist, debuted in the World Cup 16 years ago - on March 1996 - in Kvitfjell (NOR). Last weekend it was at the very same venue that saw the long circle of ski racing close as Hoffmann competed in his final World Cup competitions, 228 starts later.

After a mediocre season, the almost 35-year-old Grisons native and father has decided to put an end to his long career. "It is the time to retire, for age reasons but also for results reasons. That is why I will draw the line here."

The downhill junior world champion of 1996 scored six World Cup podium results during his career, and 48 top 10 results. His biggest success however was the bronze medal in the super-G at the Olympic Winter Games 2006 in Torino.

Over the years Hoffmann played an important role in the Swiss team. His coach Hans Flatscher said: "With Ambrosi's retirement we will lose an important member from the team and in particular a very special person."

Although he never made it on top of the podium, Hoffmann is content: "I am very happy to be able to retire healthy and in good spirits. That is more important for me than a victory. I will have great memories from my time as a ski racer and would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, all my sponsors, coaches, teammates, the fans and Swiss-Ski for great and tireless support - it was a great time!“

A trained brick layer, Hoffmann already knows what he will do in the future: "I will initially take a short break with my family to enjoy time together that we often missed out on in the past several years. Right after that I will begin working in my father's construction business.“