Manuel Veith ends his snowboard career

02 August 2013 12:13
Manuel Veith (AUT)
Manuel Veith (AUT) -
FIS/Oliver Kraus

Manuel Veith has decided to end his career due to occupational reasons.

“In 2011, my family started its own business with the 'arx genusshotel' in Schladming-Rohrmoos, where I see my occupational future and aim to implement my ideas of a modern tourism business. I noticed last season, that's it's extremely hard to reconcile career and snowboarding.

If you cannot focus 100% on your sport, it will be tough to achieve your goals”, justified the management assistant in hotel and hospitality his decision to step back into the ranks.

Of course, a start at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2015 FIS Snowboard World Championships on home soil (Kreischberg) would have been interesting for the boyfriend of Austrian ski racer Anna Fenninger.

“But I wouldn't go to Sochi just to be there. At major events, it's all about the medals. But there was no chance for me to subordinate everything to this goal due to my current situation,” said Veith.

“I had a great time being part of the Austrian Snowboard Team and feel grateful for many experiences I could make. Of course, there were also bad moments like the missed qualification for the 2010 Olympics, but overall the positive memories outweigh the negative ones.

I would like to thank the Austrian Federation as well as all coaches and staffing who supported me over the past years. In addition, all the best to my former team mates for the up-coming major events. The team has already underlined that it's capable to bring home some medals.”

The 27-years-old race boarder has been part of the Austrian Snowboard Team ever since 2001 and celebrated his career's biggest triumph in December 2007 clinching his sole World Cup win on the steep slope in Limone Piemonte, Italy.

In addition, the Styrian athlete also claimed four more podium results including two second and third rank finishes.

Veith competed at four World Championships bringing home a sixth rank at the 2011 parallel giant slalom in La Molina, Spain, as best result at worlds.

In the 2006 season, he also became the Parallel Europa Cup title winner.