Stefanie Koehle announces retirement
The Austrian Ski Association announced that 27-years-old giant slalom specialist Stefanie Koehle is retiring from ski racing. Koehle had her World Cup debut at the season opening in Sölden 2007 it was at the same venue that she achieved her greatest career success, her first podium, a third place in 2012/2013. She also had great success in the European Cup where in 2007/2008 she secured the giant slalom title. During her career, Koehle was no stranger to injuries and two ACL tears in her left knee and a kneecap injury in her right knee are just some of injuries she suffered and successfully recovered from.
"I was able to experience beautiful moments and gather great experiences, I got to know wonderful people and live this adventure called ski racing. Despite my health issues, with my back and the numerous surgeries in my knees, I made it to the Austrian team, an achievement that makes me very proud. My childhood dream has been to compete with the best in the world in skiing and I was able to achieve it,” Koehle said in a statement.
"The last two seasons have brought me physically, but also mentally to my limits. I 'm no longer ready to go over these limits and have therefore decided to end my skiracing career,” she continued.
Khoele, who has been with the Austrian Ski Association since 2003 and worked her way up to the A team in 2012 didn’t forget to thank those who have helped her throughout her career.
"I particularly want to thank my family for their support. Also, I would like to thank the Austrian Ski Association and all trainers, coaches, physiotherapists and doctors who have accompanied me on this journey, from the Ski Club Championships all the way up to the World Cup," Khoele concluded her statement.
We wish Stephanie all the best in whatever the future might bring and hope she will find new ways of staying involved with skiing.