Washington’s Macartney to retire

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on March 12, 2010 4:45 pm

Scott Macartney of Crystal Mountain will be remembered for more than his famous crash 2 years ago in Australia, according to the News Tribune.

Macartney lost control at nearly 90 mph and smacked his head on the ground, his unconscious body sliding toward the finish line.

“I don’t want Kitzbuehel to be a highlight,” the 32-year-old 2 time Olympic champ said. “I understand that it’s a crazy race, a crazy crash. But skiing shouldn’t be reduced to crashes. Skiing should stand on more than that.”

Macartney started 98 World Cup races and earned two podium finishes. He also finished seventh in the super-G at the 2006 Turin Olympics, he steps away after 12 years with the U.S. ski team.