Nicole Gius retires
Nicole Gius, a veteran racer of the team “Azzurri” said goodbye to her racing career at the end of the first run of the Italian Nationals giant slalom in Pozza di Fassa. Gius was born on November 16, 1980 and showed great talent in the technical disciplines, but never made it to her full potential as her petite physique set her back compared to her opponents.
Gius made her debut in the World Cup on January 6, 1998 in the giant slalom race in Bormio and went on to participate in a total of 216 World Cup races, the last one on 4 January slalom in Zagreb.
The Stelvio born Italian placed 25 times in the top ten, finishing on the podium four times: she was third in a slalom in Semmering 2002, second in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora in 2007, third in the giant slalom in Lienz always in 2007 and the second in the slalom in Zagreb in 2009. From 1999 to 2011 she participated in seven consecutive editions of the World Championships, her best result being a fifth place in slalom in Val d'Isère in 2009. Among her best achievements Gius counts an eighth place in slalom at the Olympics in Whistler. The 2010 Vancouver Games were the second time she competed at the Games, having been named on the team already in Salt Lake City 2002, Gius didn’t though get a call to compete in Torino 2006.
Good luck Nicole!
Courtesy of wintersport-news.com