Surprise: Ski star announces end of career

Surprise in the ski circus: Norwegian ski racer Ragnhild Mowinckel has announced the end of her career. She announced the decision in a video message.

Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel is hanging up her skis at the end of the current season.

“This will be my last season as a ski racer. I already made this decision before my victory in Cortina,” said the 31-year-old in a video she shared on Instagram. In Cortina d’Ampezzo she celebrated her fourth and last World Cup victory in the downhill. Numerous athletes fell and sustained injuries during the races in northern Italy.

Ski star Mowinckel does not yet have any concrete plans for the future

Having made the decision feels “unusual but nice,” said Mowinckel with tears in his eyes: “It was a journey and even if it doesn’t seem like it right now, I’m happy about the decision.” Mowinckel was very satisfied with the way her career was going: “I think that eight-year-old Ragnhild would be very proud of 31-year-old Ragnhild. She had dreams that we pursued together.”

She doesn’t yet know what the future has in store for her. “But I’m excited about what’s to come in the next few years. There are so many possibilities,” says the Norwegian confidently.

Ragnhild Mowinckel made her World Cup debut in 2012 and achieved her best placement in the overall ranking in the 2021/22 season when she came fourth. In total, she won eight Norwegian championship titles and was part of the national team for 14 years. Mowinckel took part in three Winter Olympics, winning silver in the downhill and giant slalom in 2018. She won two bronze medals in the six World Championships she took part in (2019 in the combined and 2023 in the giant slalom).