Stephan Görgl bids farewell to competitive skiing

13 December 2012 20:01
Stephan Goergl
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Austrian ski racer Stephan Görgl announced his retirement at a press conference in Gröden on Thursday. The 34-year-old giant slalom and super-G specialist collected five podium finishes including two wins in Beaver Creek (2004, super-G) und Lenzerheide (2005, GS) during his career.

Stephan Görgl explained reasons for his retirement:"The main reason is that I want to make space for the young talents. Especially because my passion has shifted from ski racing to free skiing. Another reason is my level of fitness. I am not 100% fit to be competing on the top level in this sport even if I have recovered well from my latest injuries."

He added regarding his career highlighes: "The photos from my two victories in Lenzerheide and Beaver Creek represent well the many nice moments during my career and are on the wall in my house in Innsbruck."

He concluded: "My future will surely be exciting. I would like to get involved in areas of fitness and nutrition and will also engage in discussion with my ski brand. I am very grateful for the support of my family, my support staff and the Austrian Ski Association in the last years.“