Christina Gruber forced to retire

04 November 2013 14:34
Christina Gruber competes at the Copper Mt World Cup in 2013
Christina Gruber competes at the Copper Mt World Cup in 2013 -
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Austrian slopestyle rider has to quit due to injury

A persistent shoulder injury suffered during a training crash in Tahoe last April has forced Austria's very own talent Christina Gruber to chuck competitive snowboarding in.

The slopestyle talent who celebrated a promising and bright debut at the Stoneham slopestyle World Cup event February 2012, announced her retirement beginning of November.

The 21-year-old from Tyrol has competed in a total of three World Cup events last season after she had started her career in 2009 and 2010 by winning the so-called “Wir Schanzen Tour” and some other smaller events in Austria.

A fifth rank at the US Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain had opened the door to bigger tasks in 2012 but when her path seemed paved for bigger tasks such as the World Cup her injury finally shattered her dreams of making a living out of snowboarding.