Austrian Downhill Specialist Ramona Siebenhofer Announces Retirement

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Austrian ski racer Ramona Siebenhofer on the race course. | Picture: Ramona Siebenhofer Instagram Account

Austrian ski racer Ramona Siebenhofer announced her retirement on social media. In a video she posted on Instagram, the Austrian skier shared video footage of her start in ski racing as a young girl. In the voice over she humbly admits that she maybe wasn’t the best in her age group, but that her perservernce and dedication took her to her goal of competing in her first European Cup and then her first World Cup.

The World Cup athlete made her debut on the World Cup circuit at age 18 in her home country, Austria, in December 2009. Her career highlight was probably winning two consecutive Downhill races in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 2019. They were to remain her only World Cup victories, but she podiumed a total of seven times, all of them in Downhill. She did however compete in Super-G and Giant Slalom as well. The 31-year-old has competed in 13 World Cup seasons, two Olympics and four World Championships.

Ski Austria Downhill member Ramona Siebenhofer. | Picture: Ramona Siebenhofer Instagram Account

In her video message she stated: ”It’s time to say goodbye. This is not a ‘see you soon’ but a ‘goodbye’. At the end of last season I noticed that I wasn’t able to risk it all anymore to be at the top. I am also no longer willing to sacrifice everything for skiing. Therefore it’s time to say farewell. And I have to say a big, big thank you. Thank you to my family and my boyfriend for enabling me to ski professionally. Thank you to all my sponsors, outfitters and partners for supporting me. Thank you to all my colleagues and coaches and the whole Austrian ski team without whom this would not have been possible. And an especially big thank you to all my fans for supporting me all those years.”


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