Didier Cuche to Retire at End of Season

By Kristen Meriwether, Epoch Times
January 19, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Didier Cuche announced he will retire from competitive skiing at the end of this season. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom)

Four-time downhill World Cup titleholder Didier Cuche announced he will retire at the end of the season on Thursday, according to the AP.

The 37-year-old Swiss ski legend is still in the hunt for the title this season, the fifth of his career, which would match the career title record.

“Today marks a very emotional moment for me,” Cuche said according to AP. “An important milestone in my career and in my life … I am convinced this is the right moment to retire.”

Cuche began his downhill career in 1993, but he did not win his first crystal globe until age 32. He became the oldest racer to win a men’s World Cup race at Kitzbuehel in 2011, the stage he chose to make his retirement announcement.

Cuche took the silver medal in the super-G at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, but never won gold in any discipline. Swiss ski federation president Urs Lehmann told AP, “He has done great things for Switzerland as a skiing nation. We hope Didier will remain part of the Swiss ski sport one way or the other.”