Time to say good-bye – four top German skiers retire

20 March 2014 11:49
Katrin Zeller says good-bye
Katrin Zeller says good-bye -

The FIS Cross-Country World Cup season 2013/14 was the last one for four great German skiers, Tobias Angerer, Jens Filbrich, Axel Teichmann and Katrin Zeller.

Tobias Angerer’s last competition was 50 km at Holmenkollen, which also marked his 300th career World Cup start. Angerer won the Overall World Cup twice, in 2006 and 2007.He claimed four medals at the Olympic Winter Games, two individual – bronze in 15 km Classic in Torino, silver in 30 km skiathlon in Vancouver and two medals in relay, bronze in Salt Lake City and silver in Torino. Angerer also won seven medals in the FIS Nordic World Ski championships between 2005 and 2011.

After 15 years on the World Cup also Jens Filbrich decided to retire from professional Cross-Country Skiing. During his career, Filbrich collected five individual World Cup podiums, six medals from the World Championships, out of which five were in team sprint and relays and one bronze in 50 km mass start classic in Sapporo 2007. Filbrich was a valuable member of the German team and helped to win bronze medal in the relay in Salt Lake City and silver in Torino.

Another Overall World Cup winner is set to retire. Axel Teichmann dominated the World Cup in the 2004/2005 season. During his long career Teichmann won eight individual World Cup competitions and finished 20 times on the podium. He is double World Champion, in 2003 he claimed gold medal in 15 km Classic and four years later won 30 km skiathlon in Sapporo. On top of that, he has claimed six medals in team sprint and relay. The Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010 were highlight of Teichmann’s career as he won two silver medals in team sprint free and 50 km mass start classic.

The German ladies team will be missing as of next season Katrin Zeller. Zeller debuted on the World Cup in 1999 and since then started in 123 individual World Cup competitions. At the World Championships in Liberec in 2009 Zeller claimed the silver medal in the relay as well one year later at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver she was member of the silver German team.