The end of an era: ski racer Felix Neureuther finishes his career with the last season slalom on Sunday. This was announced by 34-year-old Partenkirchner at the World Cup Final in Soldeu / Andorra. “My heart and, above all, my body have made it clear to me in recent months that it is time to end
The end of an era: ski racer Felix Neureuther finishes his career with the last season slalom on Sunday. This was announced by 34-year-old Partenkirchner at the World Cup Final in Soldeu / Andorra.
“My heart and, above all, my body have made it clear to me in recent months that it is time to end this chapter of ski racing that is so beautiful for me,” says a social media statement.
Since 2003 in the World Cup
Neureuther is the most successful German alpine athlete in the World Cup with a total of 13 victories, where he made his debut on January 4, 2003 in the Slovenian Kranjska Gora. The very big individual title is missing the slalom specialist, although he may call himself since the team gold 2005 World Champion. Neureuther won his silver medal (2013) and twice -Bronze (2015/2017) in his show discipline, as well as another bronze medal with the team (2013).
The German sport loses in Neureuther one of its most dazzling figures and one of the most popular representatives of winter sports. Because of his lausbubenhaften character flew the native Munich sympathies. However, he was also considered a sloppy ski genius, in addition to slowing him over and over again physical problems such as chronic back pain, a cruciate ligament rupture in November 2017 and finally a nut allergy.
Neureuther has been married to former cross-country skier and biathlete Miriam Gössner since 2017. Both have a daughter (Matilda, 1).
Praise and melancholy from the leadership
The head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Alfons Hörmann said: “In the past 15 years Felix Neureuther has decisively influenced alpine skiing in Germany, but also internationally.” He has not only reached high heights in terms of performance, but also numerous setbacks due to injury mastered great willpower. “
Mathias Berthold. Head coach of the German Ski Federation emphasized: “I congratulated him on his decision, he is happy with it, then it is also right, he knew in his deepest heart that he no longer has the motivation, but one gets a bit sad when it’s a really cool time, I appreciate Felix first and foremost for his personality away from the sport, but for us he was also important as a victory driver. “