Martina Schild retires
Swiss speed specialist Martina Schild has decided to end her career as a ski racer. The almost 32 -year-old Olympic silver medalist from Turin has made the difficult decision after missing the entire last season due to a discus hernia. The physical training in the spring went well and Schild came back into the team confident about her health. But, after the first few runs she made in July on the glacier in Zermatt, the discomfort came back on again and Schild was forced to cancel the August trip with the team to South America. During this time the decision to resign matured.
"The time has come to draw a line. I feel my mind is no longer willing to push my body to its limits. Under these circumstances it would be too dangerous to keep skiing,” Schild explained her decision.
Schild missed the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver as the last World Cup race before the Games she crashed in St. Moritz and torn her ACL but celebrated her biggest success four years later, in the 2006 Olympics in Turin where she took silver, finishing behind Michaela Dorfmeister. In the 07/ 08 season she celebrated her first World Cup victory in the Lake Louise super-G race. She reached two more World Cup podium finishes in the same discipline.
All options are open for Schild at the moment.
"First I 'm going to work in a sports shop and my parents certainly have more time for my hobby. We will see what else comes my way."
We wish Martina all the best or the future!