Austria’s Queen of Speed, Legendary Skier Renate Goetschl Retires

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 22, 2009 1:05 pm

One of the greatest female ski racers in history (nope not World Champion U.S. Ski Team athlete Lindsey Vonn) announced her retirement this week. Austrian Renate Goetschl, the former overall World Cup Champion publicly released the news on Wednesday.

Goetschl’s career has been storied. The ‘Queen of Speed’ won 46 World Cup races and nabbed the overall championship in 2000. She also won silver and bronze medals at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and gold medals at the FIS World Championships in 1997, 1999 and 2007.

“After 17 years on the World Cup circuit….I’m ending my career,” Goetschl wrote on her Web site. “I want to dedicate more time to my private life in the future.”

The 34 year-old athlete hadn’t been skiing her best (she finished 24th in the World Championship downhill last season, which is still respectable but not her usual podium performance), and rumors were that Goetschl simply felt it was time to move on. However the real reason is much more glorious: The ski star is pregnant and expecting her first child in the spring.


photo: FIS