Slalom queen Marlies Schild retires

04 September 2014 07:01
Marlies Schild
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Agence Zoom

In her 16 years with the Austrian national team, 13 racing on the World Cup, Marlies Schild won seven World Championship medals, four Olympic medals, and earned an impressive 37 World Cup and five Overall discipline victories.

On 2nd September 2014, at the age of 33, the most successful slalom skier in history announced that her career as a professional athlete would come to an end. In the 2013/14 season, she broke the long-held record of 34 slalom victories of Switzerland’s skiing legend Vreni Schneider who ended her career in 1995.

“Since the last races in Lenzerheide (SUI) I have thought long and hard about what to do in the future, if to continue or move on to something else. I took enough time to make the right choice for me,” she said during a press conference. I had some great and intensive 20 years in sport, it brought me big consequences but also big achievements. I was able to live the dream I had as a little girl, I was able to have my dream profession for so many years but my priorities have changed and I learned a lot about myself over the past months. I realised it’s time for a new life and as of today my active career in skiing is coming to an end,” Schild broke the news.

When asked about plans for the future, Schild mentioned building a family of her own as one of her priorities.

"I'm looking forward to a quieter time,” she said, “I’ve had an intensive 13 years racing World Cup and I have reached big goals but dealt with a lot of stress too. Benni is still active so I’ll be there to support him and for the rest we will see. There are other plans and wishes and building a family is one of them of course. But if I have learned anything in my career it is that you cannot plan everything… the future will tell. 

The FIS family wishes Marlies all the best in her future endeavours. The World Cup will certainly miss a champion like her!