Marlies Schild says goodbye
In her 16 years with the Austrian national team, 13 of which racing World Cup Marlies Schild won seven World Championship medals, four Olympic ones, achieved an impressive 37 World Cup and five Overall discipline victories. But today, at the age of 33, the most successful slalom skier in history announced that her career as a professional athlete would be coming to an end.
It hardly comes as a surprise as ever since Sochi there were rumors Schild might retire after the season but the Austrian was in no rush to make the call and spent the beginning of the summer evaluating her options.
“Since the last races in Lenzerheide I have thought long and hard about what to do in the future, if to continue or move on to something else. I took enough time to make the right choice for me,” she said during today's press conference.
“I had some great and intensive 20 years in sport, it brought me big consequences but also big achievements,” Schild who suffered numerous injuries during her career explained.
“I was able to live the dream I had as a little girl, I was able to have my dream job for so many years but my priorities have changed and I learned a lot about myself over the past months. I realized it’s time for a new life and as of today my active career in skiing comes to an end,” Schild broke the news.
Schild was trying to control her emotions through the press conference, but when thanking all those who have been part of your career over the years, she struggled to hold back tears.
“I want to thank my family, my parents who brought me to the sport, Benni who has always been with me in the past 10 years. I want to thank the Federation and everyone else I worked with for all the work we have done together. A big thanks goes to all my coaches and all the people who have helped me make the right decisions and were by my side during my career. A special thank you to my sponsors for all their help, the great material they provided me with over the years and the work we have done together. Last but not least, thank you to the media for reporting fair and authentic news,” Schild tried to not forget anyone.
When asked about plans for the future, Schild mentioned building a family of her own as one of her priorities.
"I'm looking forward to a quieter time,” she said, “I’ve had an intensive 13 years racing World Cup and I have reached big goals but dealt with a lot of stress too. Benni is still active so I’ll be there to support him and for the rest we will see. There are other plans and wishes and building a family is one of them of course. But if I have learned anything in my career it is that you cannot plan everything… the future will tell.
The FIS family wishes Marlies all the best in her future endeavors, the World Cup will certainly miss a champion like her!