Fränzi Aufdenblatten announces retirement

28 February 2014 15:46
Fränzi Aufdenblatten retires
Fränzi Aufdenblatten retires -
Agence Zoom

Crans-Montana, Switzerland - "Becoming a professional skier has always been my childhood dream. I have been living my dream for 14 years now. I take it as great privilege to be able to choose myself when was the right time for me to retire from competition. I am healthy and I owe a lot to alpine sking,"said Fränzi Aufdenblatten to explain her decision to retire at the end of the season.

Known and appreciated for her sense of humor and pleasant personality, the skier from Zermatt began her career in 2000 at the Sestriere World Cup (giant slalom). Since then, she's landed three career World Cup podiums. She celebrated her only World Cup victory in December 2009 winning the super-G in Val d' Isere. In 2004 and 2006, she placed third in Haus im Ennstal and Bad Kleinkirchheim downhill races. "I've had a long and exciting career with some ups and downs, a lot of laughing and some tears sometimes. Some people may think that I could have gone further in terms of results, that makes me feel honored. In the end, I walk away with 42 top 10 finishes under my belt."

Fränzi Audenblatten was a member of the Swiss Olympic delegation three times in a row (Salt Lake City 2002 , Turin 2006 , Sochi 2014) and achieved her personal best very recently at a major event with a 6th place in Sochi super-G. The 33-year-old skier had however already decided before the Olympic Games in Sochi she was going to retire.

The speed specialist will continue to be involved with sport. “Thanks to my manager and long time friend Ralph Krieger from GPS Performance in Lausanne, I have the opportunity to start a second career in sports management. I really look forward to it.”

Source: Swiss-Ski