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More Alpine Skier Retirements: Schoerghofer and Barioz are joining the long list
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2019 marked an era with retirements of some of the biggest names in Alpine Skiing.

After Lindsey Vonn, Aksel Lund Svindal, Frida Hansdotter, Patrick Kueng, Sandro Viletta, Thomas Fanara, Chiara Costazza, Mathias Hargin and Felix Neureuther, a few others have now made the late decision  to say goodbye to the Alpine Ski World Cup family.

Austrian giant slalom specialist Philipp Schoerghofer has announced the end of his active ski career. The 36-year-old can look back on a successful career with six Giant Slalom podiums including one victory in the 2011 Hinterstoder GS. As a two-time Olympian, he was also the World Championship bronze medalist in GS in 2011, as well as a member of  the silver-medal winning Austrian team in the team event that same year.

After tearing a cartilage in his knee following a crash in 2017, the Austrian was on his way back to the top of the World Cup before being diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back this season, effectively ending his career.

“My goal was to return to the World Cup after my 2017 knee injury and to ski quickly,” Schoerghofer said. “Unfortunately, that did not work out. I could not really overcome myself, to risk everything. I had a lock in my head. The herniated disc was then, in the negative case, the icing on the cake. The diagnosis has pulled the ground from under my feet. That’s when I decided that I would end my career.”

In addition to Schoerghofer the French Giant Slalom specialist Taina Barioz has also announced on social media that after 14 years, she must turn a chapter.  

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Bonjour à tous, Après plusieurs mois de réflexion, il est temps pour moi de vous annoncer qu’une très belle page de mon histoire se tourne. J’ai décidé de mettre un terme à ma carrière de sportive de haut niveau. La décision est assez tardive et j’ai longuement hésité. Mais cette dernière blessure a été plus dure que les autres à encaisser et je crois qu’il faut savoir écouter son corps parfois. Mais j’ai aussi écouté mon cœur et même si le ski de compétition va beaucoup me manquer, j’ai d’autres envies, et de nouveaux horizons que j’ai hâte de découvrir. J’ai passé 14 ans en équipe de France; 14 ans qui sont passés en un éclair tellement je me suis amusée. J’ai beaucoup appris, et vécu des émotions incroyables. Je garde tout; les bons moments comme les plus durs qui m’ont forgé au fil du temps. J’ai rencontré des gens merveilleux qui resteront des amis pour la vie, j’ai pleuré, levé les bras, crié de joie, souffert aussi parfois. J’ai adoré vivre cette vie de nomade, à découvrir les plus belles pistes du monde. J’ai adoré repousser mes limites, travailler dur, vivre en groupe et me retrouver seule dans le portillon de départ. Ma carrière n’a pas été parfaite, jalonné de hauts et de bas, mais c’est la mienne! Et j’y ai mis beaucoup d’amour et d’énergie et pour tout ça j’en suis fière. Merci à tous d’avoir été si nombreux à me soutenir. Merci à mes parents, ma famille qui m’ont porté toutes ces années et qui ne m’ont jamais laissé tomber. Tous mes amis, tous les coachs, techniciens, prep physique, Kiné, médecins qui ont croisés ma route. La Fédération Française de ski @fedfranceski , et tous les gens qui m’ont soutenu, encouragé et aidé. Je remercie tous mes partenaires qui ont cru en moi toutes ces années. Les partenaires de toujours: @club.des.sports.courchevel @douane_france @bolle_eyewear @sunvalleysportswear @leki.ski.outdoor et les plus récents @salomonracing @synerglace @teamcaissedepargne Merci à tous sans vous rien n’aurais été possible. ❤️ « si le vent vous emmène dans une direction inconnue, n’ayez pas peur de le suivre, il vous emmène sûrement exactement là ou vous devez être » 🙏 📸: @agencezoom

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Last December, the French skier injured her left knee on a training course: "The decision arrives quite late and I have hesitated a lot. But the last injury was harder than the others to cope with and I think you should listen to your body sometimes. But I also listened to my heart and even if I’m going to miss skiing and racing, I have other goals, and new horizons I can't wait to find out. "

The highest peak of her career was the two World Cup podiums, one in 2013 and the other in 2017.

 
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