Virginie Faivre retires
Reigning halfpipe world champion Virginie Faivre has called it quits last weekend after having successfully competed on the World Cup tour for more than 13 years.
The 34-year-old, a true pioneer of her sport, is still suffering from a bunch of concussions she has sustained over the course of the past years.
“My health has top priority. It's getting harder and harder to keep up with the world's best after being thrown back due to injury. I can't and I don't want to take too much of a risk anymore,“ she stated.
“I was able to experience super nice, emotional and successful years. I'm very grateful for it, and I won't forget it.”
Throughout her long career, Faivre not only won the world championships title three times but also the halfpipe World Cup title three times. On the World Cup tour, she podiumed twelve times in 19 starts.
In addition, she just missed out the top-3 at the Olympic debut of freeski halfpipe in Sochi back in 2014 ending up in fourth position.
“My goal has always been the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. But now, my body is coming first,” she said.
However: “It's always hard to let got, especially if your heart beats for something. But I'm also looking forward to new things at the same time.”
From now on, she will concentrate on her sport management studies and keep on working for the Schweizer Sporthilfe where she is responsible for the Romandy.
“That's good. I was able to help shaping our sport. We can be very proud on what we have achieved so far. I have to thank Swiss-Ski, all of my coaches, sponsors and my family for their support over all those years.”