Patrick Koller ends career

10 April 2014 13:41
Patrick Koller retires after 53 World Cup races
Patrick Koller retires after 53 World Cup races -

Austrian ski cross athlete Patrick Koller has announced to quit active ski racing.

The 30-year-old from Söll did celebrate his World Cup debut in Les Contamines, France, back in 2007 and has competed in a total of 53 races ever since.

In four of them, he made it on the podium finishing second and third twice.

The two-time Olympian (2010 and 2014) also competed at the 2009 FIS Freestye Ski World Championships in Inawashiro, Japan, where he placed seventh, his best result at major events.

During a training run at the penultimate stop of the 2014 World Cup tour in Are, Sweden, Koller suffered a knee injury (right ACL) which played a role in the decision process to finally end his career.

“Competing at Sochi was my main goal. Of course I wanted to be part of the next World Champs on home soil because the Local Organisers are doing a great job.

But my priorities changed. I think that now is the time to set a new course for the future,” the Tyrolean, who will complete his studies in Sport Science in Innsbruck soon, said.

“I want to thank the ÖSV, the Olympic Centre Tyrol as well as my sponsors and the whole coaching staff for their great support over the course of my career.”