Munich, Germany – Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, a four-time Olympic medalist and one of the most decorated alpine skiers on the World Cup circuit, is calling it quits after a 13-year career.
The 29-year-old told reporters in Munich that she had considered skiing for one more season after netting an Olympic gold and silver in Sochi last month, but then opted to retire following this season.
“The first gut feeling after the Olympics and the gold medal was to retire on this success,” she said. “I still wanted to think about it calmly because I felt the German skiing federation had a great desire for me to add one more season. But in the end I decided to end my career now.”
The German ski ace won her first two Olympic medals at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and won the overall World Cup crystal globe in 2011. She also won the World Cup downhill title this season and is a two-time world champion, taking the slalom title in 2009 and the combined in 2013, along with four other bronze world championship medals. She has 27 World Cup victories to her credit, and 81 podium finishes.