Marianne Abderhalden announces retirement
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – Marianne Abderhalden announced her retirement from ski racing at the end of the season.
Severe pain in her right knee has not allowed her to train intensively and display her best skiing in races. “Unfortunately my results haven't been satisfying at all this season. Due to the knee pain I haven't been able to perform the way I would have loved to. The knee simply cannot take so much stress any more,” explained Abderhalden.
The 2013/2014 season was Marianne Abderhalden's best winter. She was among the best downhillers, as she won in Val d'Isère (1st and only World Cup victory) and took second in Lake Louise and Cortina to finally finish fifth in the downhill standings, even though a pain in her knee had already slowed her down. After this successful season, she underwent surgery but the situation hasn't improve as expected. “It is time to look ahead and take a new path. I look forward to the challenges of the next chapter of my life,” said Abderhalden.
The 29-year-old also won gold in the downhill at the 2006 Junior World Ski Championships. She began her World Cup career as a slalom skier, before becoming a downhill specialist. She made five career podiums in this discipline.
Saturday's downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen will be her last or second last World Cup race of Marianne Abderhalden. She currently sits in 26th place in the downhill standings and can potentially qualify for the finals in Méribel if she makes it to the top 25 in the standings after a good result tomorrow.