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HIRSCHER ON THE BRINK? - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday May 28, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Is the great Austrian ski racer, Marcel Hirscher, about to retire? There are hints that he may not start next season.







Should we ski racing fans panic?

Yes, and no.

It's not definite, but it seems that Marcel Hirscher is seriously considering hanging up his racing skis.

The good news is that his name is on the squad list announced by the Austrian National Team today.

Austrian national teamIn the squad.. for now























The bad news is what came alongside the announcement.

A short explanatory sentence in a Tweet from the Team: 



is in the squad but "he has not yet decided whether he will continue to start next season".

The news is already causing dismay among his many fans.

At the start of last winter Hirscher officially became the most successful Austrian skier ever, as we reported:
Some consider him the best alpine racer of all time because of his dominance in slalom and giant slalom and his unprecedented number of overall titles over many years.

He picked up his eighth consecutive overall World Cup title in March.



At the time, it was clear he was considering his future.

"We have to talk about those things in the summer," he said, when asked whether he would go for a 9th consecutive win.

"Family is the priority, so it's the question how much longer I can keep doing both in a sensible way."

Hirscher is 30 and married with a young child.

He made his World Cup debut when he was 18.

Towards the end of the 2018-19 season, he slipped up in a handful of races.

He missed out on the top spot and even finished off the podium. 

Marcel HirscherWas 2018-19 Hirscher's last season?




























Maybe the combination of family priorities and the fact that he has nothing left to prove will be decisive.

If he does quit, all of us who have enjoyed watching his supreme talent in action will be sorely disappointed.

However, looking on the bright side, it will give some other leading ski racers more of a chance of standing on top of the World Cup podium.

Not least, GB's own slalom specialist Dave Ryding, who has two World Cup medals but no wins.

Yet.

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