“Today is the day that I officially end my skiing career,” said Marcel Hirscher of Austria while opening his press conference at Salzburg Wednesday evening, the International Ski Federation (FIS) website reported.

     Hirscher, 30, will not be returning to the slopes to try and break further records, but will instead focus on his family and enjoy life from a different perspective.

     FIS.com quoted Hirscher as saying, “You know me. I either go all in, putting 150% effort or nothing.

     “I can be very satisfied with my career. I was very lucky to never get serious injuries in all these years. I realized that I was not willing to pay the high price that it takes to always be at the top in this sport.

     “Additionally, I wanted to leave as champion and I feel this is the best moment to retire.”

     Known for solid technique and incredible consistency, Hirscher earned 67 Alpine World Cup wins, 128 World Cup podiums, two Olympic gold medals, seven FIS World Championship gold medals and eight straight Audi FIS World Cup overall titles.

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