Ski Olympic champion Matthias Mayer surprisingly announced his immediate resignation in Bormio.
After inspecting the Super-G course in Bormio, Italy on Thursday morning, the 32-year-old Austrian announced on ORF that this was his last inspection and that he would not be competing in any more races: “I’ve had enough. I don’t have the bite anymore.”
Mayer is a three-time Olympic champion: he won the Super-G in Beijing in 2022 and in Pyeongchang in 2018, the downhill in Sochi in 2014 and bronze in the downhill in 2022. “I’ve been thinking the last few days”reported Mayer, “and I have to say it’s time for me to retire from the Alpine World Cup.”
“It’s just enough.”
Last winter was a “massive season” been for him, he was also “started well” and satisfied in the current one: “But it’s just enough.” Mayer had won eleven times in the World Cup since his debut in February 2009, his surprising breakthrough came with the Olympic victory in 2014.
He has finished third twice this season. On Wednesday he skipped the departure in Bormio because of a gastrointestinal infection. After the inspection, he gave up the Super-G, touched and with tears in his eyes.