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World and Olympic winner Marcel Hirscher has retired after a career that saw him win an eighth successive Alpine Ski World Cup title.
The Austrian, 30, is regarded as one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time.
He won two gold medals from 2013 to 2019 at the 2018 Winter Olympics and seven World Championships.
But Hirscher told a news conference on Wednesday he found he had been taking longer to recover, including:”Today is the day when I finish my active career”.
“I always wished to stop while winning races. I’m not prepared anymore to cover the price.”
Hirscher already has complete World Cup titles than the 2nd skier ever, yet another Nordic Annemarie Moser-Proell, who won six.
His father, who’s coached him began skiing at age two and educated him.
Austrian papers were running headlines for days on the anticipated retirement of Hirscher, with Wednesday’s Oesterreich tabloid front page reading”Bye Marcel!” And the Kronen tabloid resulting in”Thanks Marcel!”
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