SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts

Austrian ski racing great Marcel Hirscher retires

Austrian ski racing great Marcel Hirscher has retired at the age of 30, after winning a record eighth consecutive World Cup overall season title in 2019.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 7:30 AM
Updated: Sep 5, 2019 7:30 AM

He's arguably the greatest ski racer ever and one of the most dominant athletes of his generation, but Austrian Marcel Hirscher has announced his retirement from the sport.

The 30-year-old brought an end to his glittering career Wednesday, despite clinching a record eighth consecutive World Cup season overall title earlier this year.

"Today is the day on which I will end my active career," Hirscher said in a news conference broadcast live on national television in Salzburg.

The technical specialist has achieved unprecedented success in his 12 years on the World Cup circuit with six season titles in each of the slalom and giant slalom disciplines.

He won 67 World Cup races in all to sit third on the all-time list behind Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). American star Mikaela Shiffrin is closing in on Hirscher's tally, with 60 wins ahead of the new season, which starts in Solden, Austria in October.

But it's Hirscher's domination of the overall season standings -- for points accrued in all disciplines -- that marks him out; his nearest rival Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria won six overall titles, while Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg won it fives times on the men's circuit between 1985 and 1993.

Hirscher also won seven world titles in various disciplines and clinched two gold medals in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 to add to a silver from Sochi four years earlier.

"I would place him in same range as Stenmark. At least," Peter Schrocksnadel, veteran head of the Austrian Ski Federation, told CNN Sport in Kitzbuhel in January.

Another Austrian great Franz Klammer, the 1976 Olympic downhill champion, told CNN in Kitzbuhel: "You cannot compare different times, different situations but Hirscher is definitely one of the best ever."

READ: Mikaela Shiffrin seals stellar season with 60th career win

At the season-ending World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra in March, Hirscher told CNN's Alpine Edge he had accomplished "way, way more" than he ever dreamed possible.

But he admitted his priorities had changed after he and wife Laura had their first child -- a boy -- last year.

"Ski racing is not the most important thing any more," Hirscher told CNN's Christina Macfarlane.

READ: Lindsey Vonn: A career in pictures

'Small dreams, live big'

It was no secret that Hirscher, a long-time megastar in Austria, had been mulling retirement for sometime. He admitted to CNN in Soldeu he was struggling with the decision because he felt "brilliant" and said he and his team were "getting better and better."

But he says he made up his mind two weeks ago, and told the news conference: "I'm incredibly lucky to be able to sit here with two healthy knees.

"I want to play soccer with my kids, to ride motocross, and I'm glad I can do it now, and I'm fortunate to be healthy and survive my career without major injury.

"It will certainly be a big change, but some projects are waiting for me. It will not be easy but the beauty is that I can now choose the days to go skiing."

Growing up in the small town of Annaberg in eastern Austria, Hirscher didn't see foresee a fast track to greatness. When he joined the World Cup tour at 18, a single victory would have represented career success.

"Where I grew up nobody had done that before," he said. "It would be something you can be proud of and maybe one medal at a world championship. Wow.

READ: How ski fitness can help unlock your 'sixth sense'

"I dreamed never too big. I hate to dream really big and at the end of your career have just reached one percent of big dreams. That's not fun. Better to have small dreams and live it big."

Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
35° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 29°
Kokomo
Clear
29° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 19°
Rensselaer
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 27°
Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
35° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 29°
Danville
Partly Cloudy
31° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 23°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 20°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 20°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 19°
Monticello
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 19°
Logansport
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 27°
March comes in like a lamb...
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 661673

Reported Deaths: 12573
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion906391639
Lake48389876
Allen35806635
Hamilton32056396
St. Joseph29947512
Elkhart25376414
Vanderburgh21245378
Tippecanoe20000201
Johnson16336359
Porter15957270
Hendricks15813300
Clark11946181
Madison11741316
Vigo11595229
Monroe10328161
Delaware9836179
LaPorte9761196
Howard9055197
Kosciusko8561109
Bartholomew7448147
Warrick7412150
Hancock7404131
Floyd7200169
Wayne6631191
Grant6424157
Morgan6084125
Boone608288
Dubois5903111
Dearborn547067
Cass544399
Marshall5423104
Henry542093
Noble509078
Jackson464566
Shelby460290
Lawrence4180112
Gibson401281
Harrison399663
Clinton395453
Montgomery386783
DeKalb385178
Knox357285
Miami357263
Whitley349136
Huntington343976
Steuben338155
Wabash331176
Putnam329759
Ripley327061
Adams323149
Jasper315943
White297352
Jefferson294873
Daviess285396
Fayette271556
Decatur270888
Greene261280
Posey260831
Wells258274
Scott250350
Clay241044
LaGrange240870
Randolph225576
Spencer217130
Jennings215044
Washington211027
Sullivan203239
Fountain201442
Starke188051
Owen182153
Fulton178237
Jay177728
Carroll176518
Perry173235
Orange171250
Rush164722
Vermillion160442
Franklin159435
Tipton146341
Parke139216
Pike127632
Blackford120627
Pulaski106444
Newton96531
Brown94939
Benton91913
Crawford90613
Martin80114
Warren75814
Switzerland7537
Union67110
Ohio53311
Unassigned0431

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events