Ski star surprisingly ended his career – he was Olympic champion in February
Created: 12/21/2022, 5:04 p.m
By: Antonio Jose Riether
After 16 years, the Swiss Beat Feuz ended his skiing career.
A few years ago, the man from Bern was on the verge of an amputation, and in Spring he was still an Olympic champion.
Bern – He became world champion and most recently Olympic champion in the downhill, now the ski racer Beat Feuz is surprisingly ending his career.
The Swiss announced this in a media release from his ski association, and in January he will be saying goodbye to the classic in Kitzbühel.
Feuz can look back on 16 successful years in skiing, but also plagued by injuries, and numerous titles.
Born: February 11, 1987 in Schangnau
Discipline\tDownhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Combination
Greatest successes: Olympic victory (downhill), ski world champion (downhill)
Beat Feuz: Swiss ski racer ends his career - "Physical limits reached"
The 35-year-old from Bern cited the physical strain as the main reason for his resignation.
“Pushing your limits and taking risks have been my passion in ski racing for years.
My feeling was often the key to success.
But now my feeling tells me that the physical limits have been reached, ”explains Feuz about the end of his career.
Given his bad luck with injuries, the reason is more surprising than the time of the announcement.
The accidents started 15 years ago.
During downhill training in Zermatt, for example, he tore a cruciate ligament in his left knee, and the problems with the joint stayed with him throughout his career.
Numerous operations were the result.
Beat Feuz celebrated many titles in his career, now he is ending them.
Beat Feuz won the gold medal at the Olympics in 2022 - a few years ago amputation was in the air
Feuz can even be happy to end his career without major damage, in the meantime an amputation of his lower leg or a stiffening of his knee were in the room.
Feuz, who went against the advice of the medics, is now retiring at the age of 35.
He always fought against the many hardships and rewarded himself for his painful effort with titles.
During his long time as a ski racer he celebrated numerous successes.
At the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, he won silver in the Super-G and bronze in the downhill, and in 2022 he refined his life’s work in Beijing with a gold medal in his supreme discipline.
Feuz became downhill world champion in 2017 and won the crystal globe at the downhill world cup four times in a row from 2018 to 2021.
In total he won 16 World Cups, finishing second in the overall World Cup in 2011/12.
Beat Feuz ends his career in Kitzbühel - two races are still to come
The Swiss ended his career in Tyrol at the beginning of the year.
“After 16 years in the World Cup, I will retire from racing on Saturday, January 21st.
I'm looking forward to being able to enjoy my favorite races in Wengen and Kitzbühel again," Feuz was quoted as saying.
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At the next mandatory appointment in Bormio at the end of December, the downhill star announced that he would speak in more detail about his forthcoming retirement from skiing and said: "I'm incredibly grateful that I've been able to practice my passion for so long and I'm now looking forward to more time with my family and I'm excited to see what new challenges will come into my life."