Retirees embrace life after the White Circus

14 September 2016 19:26
Maria Höfl-Riesch at Rio 2016
Maria Höfl-Riesch at Rio 2016 -

Life on the World Cup tour is all consuming with athletes dedicating nearly 365 days a year to racing or training. After that commitment comes to end, how do retirees spend their time?

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Swedish World Cup athlete Anja Paerson retired in 2012, and even though she isn’t training for a World Championship, she is staying in shape thanks to her kids.


Massimiliano Blardone, who retired just this season, has found ways to stay in shape and enjoy time at home.


British skier Chemmy Alcott, who is pregnant with her first child, is using her story to inspire the next generation of Olympic athletes. 


Olympic downhill gold medalist Dominique Gisin of Switzerland traded in her skis for textbooks, and is currently studying physics, according to her Instagram account. 


Retired Italian athlete Davide Simoncelli seems to be flipping out about life away from the White Circus. 


After years on the road, Canadian Larisa Yurkiw has been embracing her home country and taking some staycations. 


2003 Hahnenkamm winner, Daron Rahlves, had some innovative training techniques as an athlete. Looks like not much has changed. 


Germany's Maria Höfl-Riesch is still travelling around the world thanks to her strong involvement in the sports business. Her passion always brings her back to the mountains, even to the ones she never got to ski as an active ski racer.

Those two ski legends (160 World Cup podiums, including 73 wins!) moved to another time-consuming activity: Marlies Schild and Beni Raich became parents!