Nadia Styger retires
Nadia Styger has announced her retirement in a press conference on Tuesday at her home resort of Sattel (SUI). Following a serious injury sustained in Canada last November, Styger missed the entire last season. "The recovery is going relatively well but in small steps only," said Styger.
The 32-year-old athlete indicated that after discussions with her closest support circles, she had come to the conclusion that now is the right time to retire. "It was always clear to me that I wanted to be 100% fit from the first start next season. For that goal, I would need to be able to train without pain which is not the case at this moment." Based on today's status, Styger is not sure if she would be able to ski at full speed next season. "The frustration would be too much if I could not give it my best, and I am not so young any more that I could just rely on a comeback the season after. This was not an option for me."
Nadia Styger can look back on a long and successful career. After the Junior Worlds bronze medal in the downhill in 1997 she won four World Cup races and scored a total of 6 podium finishes in 176 World Cup starts. Her first World Cup start took place on 27th February 1999 in Are, the last one and the last podium on 12th March 2010 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER). She also won a bronze medal in the nations team event in Are 2007 and recorded a fourth place finish in the Are downhill as well as a 5th place finish at the Olympic downhill in Torino 2006 and a 6th place finish in Vancouver 2010 in the super-G. In 2006 and 2010 she finished 3rd in the World Cup super-G rankings.
Her future plans see her opening her own fitness studio in Sattel in September called "stygi-fit-sattel“.