One of alpine skiing's most decorated stars of the last decade is hanging up her skis.
Austria's Anna Veith announced her retirement on Saturday (23 May) during an event on live stream in Schladming-Rohrmoos Saturday 23 May.
A showreel of her many career highlights played to “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child before the announcement.
Speaking with another Austrian great Alexandra Meissnitzer, Veith said:
"I'll miss everything about this world, but I leave the competition being aware that I gave everything and always tried my best even after my injuries."
The 30-year-old officially put an end to a career that included 15 World Cup wins, three world titles, and three Olympic medals, including women's Super-G gold at Sochi 2014.
I‘m ready for the next chapter. - Anna Veith
"I‘m ready for the next chapter," she posted on social media.
"My heart and head are telling me it‘s time to do something new. And so, I have decided to retire from ski racing."
The rest of her retirement announcement reads:
"Skiing is my whole life. It has made me who I am today and will always be something I’m passionate about. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, to learn and achieve in the past fifteen years. I’ve been able to fulfil my childhood dreams and more.
I could never have imagined, that skiing would teach me so much. It’s not just about winning or losing for me. It‘s building and being a team. I truly believe that this is what takes you to the top.
I have been lucky to have many people stand by my side, even when success didn’t always come. For those people and partners, I will be forever grateful. Thank you for believing in me. I have made friends for life and will always look back on my experiences with a huge smile.
Now, I‘m excited to see what the future holds and look forward to seeing many of you there. Thank you, for your endless support. It has always and continues to mean so much to me.
🌟❤️ Your, Anna"
Veith, who competed under her maiden name Fenninger until her marriage in 2016, made her World Cup debut in 2006 and clinched the overall title for two consecutive seasons (2013/14-2014-15).
In October 2015 the Salzburg-born skier suffered a torn ACL on her right knee, and has since then has struggled with recurring injuries.
After making a second comeback in December 2017, Veith was Austria's flagbearer at the PyeongChang 2018 Games
In the Super-G event only a surprise win from Ester Ledecka prevented her from winning her second straight Olympic title in the discipline.
A second ligament injury in January 2019 prompted retirement rumours until the official announcement came on 23rd May 2020.
Veith's departure means that for the first time in 27 years traditional alpine powerhouse Austria does not have an active female skier who has won a World Cup overall title.