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Ted Ligety, 36, USA

The giant slalom giant put the skis on the shelf after the World Cup in Cortina. The American has competed in the World Cup for a full 17 years, so you probably understand that he has taken a lot of podium places during his career. Not only that, he has two Olympic golds and five World Cup golds on his merit list.

Ted Ligety. Photo: Bildbyrån.

Bernadette Schild, 31, Austria

Schild suffered two serious knee injuries two seasons in a row – the most recent was in December last year. Therefore, the slalom specialist decided to quit. Schild is the little sister of the successful slalom star Marlies Schild – but did not manage to reach her sister’s level. She never took a victory but has seven podium places in the World Cup.

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Bernadette Schild. Photo: Bildbyrån
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Hannes Reichelt, 40, Austria

19 seasons in the World Cup, 44 podium places and 13 wins. Now the veteran is putting the skis on the shelf – 40 years old. Hannes Reichelt’s biggest merit is the World Cup gold in super-G in Beaver Creek 2015.

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Hannes Reichelt ended his career in lederhosen. Photo: TT
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Jean-Baptiste Grange, 36, Frankrike

After 17 years in the World Cup with nine victories (eight in slalom and one in combination), the Frenchman retires. Grange became world champion in slalom in 2011 and 2015 and has a bronze from Åre in 2007.

Jean-Baptiste Grange. Photo: TT News Agency


Simon Schempp, 32, Germany

The body said no. Therefore, the German made “one of the most difficult decisions” in his life and said goodbye to his biathlon career. But he has a number of fond memories to look back on. Four individual World Cup golds and a total of ten World Cup medals. In addition, he has won three Olympic medals. No bad credentials.

German biathlete Simon Schempp retires. Photo: Bildbyrån

Lars Helge Birkeland, 32 years old, Norway

The Norwegian did not start a single race in the 2020/2021 season. Now Birkeland has left the shooting range for good. His greatest successes have come in relay – World Cup gold in Östersund 2019 and Olympic silver in Pyeongchang.

Lars Helge Birkeland resigns. Photo: Bildbyrån.

• Ondrej Moravec, 36, Czech Republic

The Olympics in Sochi 2014 was a great success for Ondrej Moravec who took two silver and one bronze. In the World Cup, it has been a gold, two silver and three bronze for the Czech who now puts the gun on the shelf.

Ondrej Moravec. Photo: Bildbyrån.

• Arnd Peiffer, 34, Germany

The Olympic gold in the sprint 2018 and the World Cup gold in the sprint 2011 and distance 2019 – these are Arnd Peiffer’s heaviest individual achievements. In total, he has three Olympic medals and 17 World Cup medals in the prize cabinet, but now his career is over.

Arnd Peiffer. Photo: Bildbyrån.

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Sophie Caldwell Hamilton, 30, USA

The American won her first World Cup victory in 2016. At that time, only Kikkan Randall had taken a VC victory from the Americans. In addition, she has several podium places to look back on.

Sophie Caldwell Hamilton. Photo: Bildbyrån.

• Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, 31 år, USA

She has been on the podium twelve times in the World Cup and has a World Cup bronze in sprint relay from Lahti 2017. But when her brother Erik Bjornsen chose to end her career last year, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen began to think about whether she should not do the same. But the 31-year-old lasted for another year and immediately after the three miles in the World Cup, she said that her career is over.

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen. Photo: Bildbyrån.

• Mari Eide, 31, Norway

The World Cup bronze in sprint 2019 is Eide’s biggest merit. The medal was extra emotional when the Norwegian months before the championship had lost her big sister Ida, who tragically passed away after a cardiac arrest in an exercise race. In the World Cup, Mari Eide has a victory and a third place in the team sprint.

The Norwegians Maiken Caspersen Falla and Mari Eide.

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