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Alpine skiing: Olympic champion Hoefl-Riesch announces retirement

Published on Mar 21, 2014 12:06 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany's triple Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch has announced her retirement following an injury-hit season that deprived her of the World Cup overall title but did win her the downhill crown in her final campaign.

The 29-year-old alpine skiing legend took the decision following a crash last week during the downhill finals at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which also scuppered her chances of winning the overall World Cup crystal globe.

"It's difficult for me, but I think I have made the right decision," said the Garmisch-Partenkirchen native.

"I gave everything this year to obtain my ultimate objective (Olympic gold).

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