After five World Cup top-ten finishes including two podiums, U.S. Ski Team veteran Scott Macartney is hanging up his racing skis and charting new territory.
The downhill and super G specialist has incurred his fair share (or maybe unfair share) of injuries, and recently announced on Facebook that he’s going to move on from his competitive skiing career. Macartney is one of the most classic skiers on the Team, having grown up skiing the rugged trails at Crystal Mountain, and getting seasoned by their annual Cherry Tree Classic downhill race.
Macartney suffered a serious head injury during his infamous Kitzbuehel crash, and actually successfully came back, notching a top-fifteen in World Cup downhill before blowing out his knee and losing another season. This year, Macartney was never really able to give the courses his full attack as he was plagued by a nagging back injury. And even though he went to the Olympics as a fan this time around (Macartney is a two-time Olympian, and finished seventh in the Super G at Torino), Macartney still had a lot of fun.
“I will retire after this weekend’s racing in Kvitfjell, Norway,” Macartney wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “It has been an incredible ride- 12 years on the National team, 2 Olympics… podiums, ups and downs. It is time to move on though. No idea what my next move might be, but it will be fun figuring it out. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way!… My parents I owe most of all, along with friends, coaches, sponsors that have all made this happen.”
Three massive cheers for Macartney. He’s a ski racer through and through, a big part of the World Cup Dreams Foundation and an athlete representative for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. Whether he competes on the World Cup stage or not, the ski world will still see more of him.