Carolina Ruiz Castillo says adios
Spain's Carolina Ruiz Castillo announced her retirement from professional ski racing at the end of the season. In a press release of the Spanish Winter Sports Federation, the 33-year-old explained that the national championships from 29 to 31 of March in Baqueira-Beret (ESP), in the heart of the Pyrenees, will be her last races. “It is a decision that comes naturally without any pressure, after an irreplaceable experience of life,” described the 13-time National Champion.
Carolina Ruiz Castillo has participated in nine World Championships (1999 to 2015) and four Olympic Winter Games (2002 to 2014). She made her World Cup debut in 1998 and raced to her first podium in a giant slalom at Sestriere (ITA) in 2000, where she finished second. Carolina became a speed specialist over the years and claimed her first and only World Cup victory in the downhill race in 2013 at Méribel (FRA), which will be the stage of the upcoming World Cup finals.
"Knowing that my last World Cup race will be on the same track as two years ago when I earned my victory is very emotional," she commented.
Out of 264 World Cup races, Carolina Ruiz Castillo had 29 top-15 finishes. Her best season was 2012/2013 in which she made five top-10 (3 in DH and 2 in SG), including her victory in Méribel and a fourth place in a super-G at Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA).
The FIS family wishes Carolina all the best in her future adventures.