It's retirement time for Manny Pranger
On Friday, Austrian Slalom specialist Manfred Pranger announced his retirement from ski racing. During his career, the 36-year-old celebrated three World Cup victories (Kitzbuehel, Schladming and Wengen) and became slalom world champion in Val d’Isere in 2009.
There were rumors about Pranger’s possible retirement since the end of the season but as it turns out the Austrian was unsure if he was ready to let go of his career.
“I actually wanted to finish my career right after the season, because last year I was in pain again and again. Then I wanted to wait for a break because I could not get confortable with the thought. But now I have seen that I have reached a point where it is no longer possible for me to compete at the highest level,” Pranger explained at the press conference.
Pranger also thanked his wife and father for their support of his career along with his fans, coaches, and long-time sponsor Voelkl who provided him with equipment for 16 years.
”On one side during my career there were many hard times with injuries or lack of success, on the other there were memorable moments like the World Cup wins and the world championship title. When I think back on it now, I still get goose bumps. The most special memories are those of the people I’ve have gotten to know and appreciate. Now I look forward to more time with my family.”
Pranger did not immediately announce where his professional life may take him next, but he did indicate that he would be looking for something that can fulfill his desire for challenge.
“I am an ambitious person and want to meet challenges in the next stage of my life and find something where I can go to work with a enthusiasm similar to the one I had for ski racing,” Pranger explained his future plans.
FIS wishes Manny all the best in the future and hope to see him involved in skiing in the future as well.