Schieppati calls it quits

08 November 2011 21:58

One of the stables of the Italian giant slalom team Alberto Schieppati has announced his retirement from ski racing today.

Announcing his decision on Facebook, Schieppati said that his decision was “very difficult but mandatory.” Continuing health problems with the EBV virus that causes mononucleosis have made it impossible for him to train as he is not well. He wrote: “I have given it all but there's really nothing more to do. Being an athlete is impossible for me… For 4 years I have been fighting against this bastard opponent... And he beat me.”

Schiep warmly thanked those who have helped him over the years including his ski company Salomon and his teammates, employer and the ski club.

The 30-year-old, who debuted in the World Cup in December 2001, scored one FIS World Cup podium finish in his 60 World Cup starts, placing 2nd in Kranjska Gora GS in February 2004. His best World Championship results were 5th in Are (SWE) in 2007 and 8th in St Moritz in 2003 (both in GS). At the 2006 Games in Turin he took 15th in the giant slalom. In the season long GS standings he took 12th in 2004, 14th in 2007 and 15th in 2010. Schieppati did not race last season but did start at the season opening GS race in Sölden.