Silvan Zurbriggen to begin new career in banking
Only two weeks after Didier Defago celebrated the end of his successful career at the Finals in Meribel (FRA), another Swiss Ski veteran decided to hang up his skis. Through a press release issued by the Federation, Silvan Zurbriggen announced he would not be coming back to the World Cup next season. The 34 year old from Valais will soon begin a new career through an internship with one of his longtime sponsors.
In his lengthy career, Zurbriggen competed in 254 World Cup races earning 13 podiums and two victories – one in the Kitzbühel Combined in 2009 and a second one in the Val Gardena downhill in 2010. During his career Zurbriggen also excelled in two “big events”, earning a bronze medal in the super combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and a silver one in the slalom at the 2003 World Championships in St. Moritz.
“In the eleven years of my professional career I celebrated some great successes, which I am very proud of,” Zurbriggen said.
Over the past two seasons Zurbriggen struggled with health problems. His back problems prevented him from training at the highest level and he struggled to showcase his full potential in the races. Continuing his career under these circumstances would have made no sense.
“I’ll leave the difficult passages such as the ‘Mausefalle” or the 'Hundschopf' to my now former colleagues, whom I sincerely wish the best of luck and especially health," Zurbriggen said in the release.
As one career comes to an end for Zurbriggen, a second one is about to start, this time in the banking world. On September 1, 2015, Zurbriggen will begin an 18-month internship at Raiffeisenbank.
"I am pleased that I will continue to work in a new career field with Raiffeisen. The same passion with which I have practiced and lived ski racing, I will also make my new life," he concluded.
The FIS Family wishes Silvan all the best and a smooth transition into his new career.