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One of the greatest ski racers of all time is reportedly about to call it a day. He will make an announcement this evening on TV. UPDATED

The eight-time World Cup alpine skiing champion Marcel Hirscher will announce his retirement today at the age of 30 according to several Austrian media outlets.

He has not confirmed he will race next winter since last season ended, but some thought he might.

Others said he wouldn't.

He cancelled a press conference earlier this summer on August 6th as he was likely plagued by doubts about whether to carry on or quit.

"The decision about my future is not easy for me. Should I do another World Cup season or not?" he said at the time.

We reported on it on PlanetSKI.
Now he has called another news conference for later today, Wednesday 4th, and the smart money is on him calling time.

It wil be broadcast on Prime Time TV at 20.15.

Earlier his great rival, the US skier Ted Ligety, posted this comment on social media:

"I'd tell you how but then @marcel__hirscher would want to come out of retirement," although Ligety added the hashtags "#itsaspeculativejoke #donttakeitliterally."

The press conference, hosted by the Austrian Ski Federation, is billed as ""Review, insight, preview. Marcel Hirscher update" and names the location of Wednesday's event in Salzburg, but doesn't elaborate.

It will be broadcast live on Austrian TV.

According to the Kronen Zeitung and Kurier, two of Austria's leading newspapers, Hirscher will use the event to announce his retirement.

"The great Marcel Hirscher is on his way to retirement," said the Kronen on its website.

He was named in the Austria squad for the 2019-20 season, but the national ski federation said they didn't know whether the double Olympic gold medallist would race in 2019/20.

He is widely considered the best skier of his generation and perhaps the best Austrian skiers of all time.

He has a record eight consecutive World Cup titles.

He has won 11 medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships - seven of them are gold.

In the Winter Olympics he won silver in the slalom at the Sochi Games in 2014 and two gold medals in the combined and giant slalom at the the 2018 Games in Pyeonchang.

Will he race again?Unlikely to race again

Last season he won nine World Cup races to raise his career total to 67, trailing Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82) on the all-time list.

Hirscher also won gold and silver at the world championship in Are in Sweden in February.

The medals were his 13th and 14th medal from a major championship, including nine golds.

No-one can question his skiing abilities, but the on-off saga of whether he will continue or not is perhaps not the best way to go.

There has already been reaction on social media:

"noooooo we need to see him race at the night slalom!!!" said Emma Moore.

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