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German Ski Champ Viktoria Rebensburg Has Retired After 13 Years


"Today is certainly not an easy day for me, as I have decided to end my career with immediate effect after 13 years. I made this decision with a heavy heart & after much consideration over the last few weeks. After my injury in spring & the past two months of snow training, I realized that I would no longer be able to reach my absolute top level. From a very young age, it has always been my ambition & incentive to compete for success & to inspire you on the slopes. But now that I have the feeling that I can no longer live up to this, this is a very difficult but inevitable decision for me. With the memory of my last race weekend in Garmisch and the victory in the downhill, it is a nice time to leave the winter sports stage.”

These were the words of German alpine skiing star Viktoria Rebensburg, who has decided to leave the sport after a successful racing career that spanned 13 years. The multi-award-winning athlete took to social media to say goodbye and thank you to her fans.

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Hallo liebe Freunde & Fans, Heute ist definitiv kein leichter Tag für mich, denn ich habe mich dazu entschieden, nach 13 Jahren meine Karriere mit sofortiger Wirkung zu beenden. Diesen Entschluss habe ich schweren Herzens & nach reichlicher Überlegung in den letzten Wochen gefasst. Nach meiner Verletzung im Frühjahr & den zurückliegenden zwei Monaten im Schneetraining habe ich gemerkt, dass es mir nicht mehr gelingt, mein absolutes Top-Niveau zu erreichen. Von klein auf war es immer mein Anspruch & Ansporn, um Siege mitzufahren & euch auf der Piste zu begeistern. Da ich nun aber das Gefühl habe, dem nicht mehr gerecht zu werden, ist dies zwar eine sehr schwere aber für mich unausweichliche Entscheidung. Mit der Erinnerung an mein letztes Rennwochenende in Garmisch & dem Sieg bei der Abfahrt, ist es ein schöner Zeitpunkt die Wintersportbühne zu verlassen. Dabei möchte ich mich für die wundervolle Zeit & die jahrelange Unterstützung bei meiner Familie, Freunden & Fans sowie dem @dsv_alpin mit allen Trainern, Betreuern & meinen Partnern herzlich bedanken. Mein Dank gilt auch den Ski-Kolleginnen & all den Menschen, die ich in den zurückliegenden Jahren im Weltcup kennenlernen durfte. Ich bin mir sicher, wir werden uns bald wiedersehen, Eure Vicky Hello dear friends & fans, Today is certainly not an easy day for me, as I have decided to end my career with immediate effect after 13 years. I made this decision with a heavy heart & after much consideration over the last few weeks. After my injury in spring & the past two months of snow training, I realised that I would no longer be able to reach my absolute top level. From a very young age, it has always been my ambition & incentive to compete for success & to inspire you on the slopes. But now that I have the feeling that I can no longer live up to this, this is a very difficult but inevitable decision for me. With the memory of my last race weekend in Garmisch and the victory in the downhill, it is a nice time to leave the winter sports stage. I would like to thank my family, friends & fans as well as the @dsv_alpin with all its coaches, supporters & partners for the wonderful time and the support. Vicky

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During her pro-career, Rebensburg went on to take two Olympic medals, including gold in Vancouver, two silver medals at the World Championships, 19 World Cup wins, 48 World Cup podiums, and 3 GS titles. 

Now, after injury and two months of training, the German star has decided that she can longer perform to a level that she feels is competitive.

Rebensburg sitting in first after the first race at Killington's GS event in 2019.
May she find happiness and success wherever her post-competition life takes her.

Top Photo: Rebensburg about to cross the finish line during race one at Killington's GS event in 2019. - Credit For Both Photos: Tim Meyer For Ski Rex Media

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