Poutiainen to retire at end of season

11 March 2014 07:43
Tanja Poutiainen looks back
Tanja Poutiainen looks back -
FIS

Finland's Tanja Poutiainen, one of the best gate skiers in recent years, announced on Monday she would retire after this season.

Sunday's giant slalom race in Lenzerheide will be the last race of her long career. In 17 World Cup seasons, the 33-year-old clinched three World Cup titles in giant slalom and slalom and got a total of 11 victories and 48 podiums since December 2001.

“When I look back all this I feel good and happy to tell that I will end my career after this season,” she posted on her facebook page.”

Poutiainen also won silver in giant slalom in Sestriere (ITA) during the 2006 Turin Olympics and has a total of four podiums made at World Championships.

“There has been so many great memories and unforgettable moments during these many many years! I have loved this sport and I am honoured to be able to make such a long career.”