David Speiser retires from competitive snowboarding

24 April 2014 13:31
David Speiser (GER) ends career after 2014 season
David Speiser (GER) ends career after 2014 season -
Oliver Kraus

Germany's long-time SBX team veteran David Speiser has announced to step back from active snowboard racing. The two-time Olympian (2006, 2010) decided to fully focus on his studies of International Management at the distance university in Ansbach.

I quit because it's perfect timing and because I'm still healthy. It's not a decision you take within a day, it's an idea which grows. Back in 2012 I thought about it for the first time but was going to make it to Sochi, which I closely missed. But the fact that I didn't qualify for the 2014 Olympics is not the reason why I retire,” said Speiser.

Quite the opposite: “I had a long and successful career and have nothing to prove. I will concentrate on my studies but won't lose sight of snowboarding. I might give it a try at the qualifier events of the Freeride World Tour. In addition, I'm part of the snowboard teaching team of the DSLV, so there is plenty to do,” added the Allgau rider who has been part of the German Federation from its very beginning.

Speiser, who overcame various injury setbacks in career always fighting back to top of the world, competed in 78 World Cup races placing on the podium seven times. In addition, he represented Germany at four World Championships.

The Bayern München fan calls his eight place finish at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games his biggest achievement as well as his 2008 X-Games Bronze and the skill to stomp a double backflip.

The only thing missing in his more than ten years lasting career is a World Cup win. “It was a great and exciting time. I have to thank the whole team of Snowboard Germany, my coaches, techs as well as medical staff and wish them all the best for the next season.

Hopefully they can tie on to the good results, or even better, top them!”