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Beat Feuz, Olympic downhill champion, sets Alpine skiing retirement

Beat Feuz

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz reacts after competing in the mens downhill final during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by Joe KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Reigning Olympic downhill champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland said he will retire next month at age 35.

Feuz said on social media that his final race will be the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria, on Jan. 21. The venue hosts back-to-back World Cup downhills that weekend.

In a post in German, Feuz said he felt he reached his physical limits and looks forward to spending more time with family, including two young daughters.

Last February, Feuz became the second-oldest skier to win an Olympic downhill (after Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal in 2018; Svindal also retired a year after his downhill title) and the second-oldest skier to win their first Olympic gold medal (after Sweden’s André Myhrer in 2018), according to Olympedia.org.

Feuz entered the Games coming off winning the Hahnenkamm downhill, then in the Olympic downhill snatched the lead from 2014 gold medalist Matthias Mayer of Austria. Feuz hung on to win by one tenth of a second over 41-year-old Frenchman Johan Clarey.

Race highlights are here.

Feuz, who also won super-G silver and downhill bronze in 2018, became the third man to win the Hahnenkamm and the Olympic downhill in the same year after legends Franz Klammer and Toni Sailer.

Feuz, the 2017 World downhill champion and a 16-time World Cup race winner, has a best finish this World Cup season of fifth. His 47 World Cup downhill podiums are the most in men’s history.

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