Last week the “Kronen Zeitung” reported that one year after Marcel Hirscher, 30-year-old Salzburg compatriot Veith would also end her successful career. However, the report from the runner and the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV) was not confirmed for the time being.
“The rumors are growing that insider circles are driving directly to the ski pension instead of the coming season. Next week or the week after, in any case still in May, she should officially announce her resignation, wrote the “Krone”. There was also speculation that the resignation “may also have private reasons”.
The media event in Schladming was announced on Wednesday, in which there are many signs of resignation. In addition to the outlook for the future, the obligatory look back is first made: “After her third comeback in four years, Olympic gold medalist Anna Veith reviews the past season,” it said.
Injury slows down the run of success
The Salzburg native, born Anna Fenninger and married to Manuel Veith since April 2016, is one of the most successful skiers in recent years. Veith was crowned Olympic champion in Super-G in Sochi in 2014, took three gold medals at world championships (Super Combination 2011, Super-G and giant slalom 2015), twice overall World Cup winner (2013/14 and 2014/15) and won three times Elected Austria’s Athlete of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015).
The year 2015 marked the turning point in Veith’s career. In October, she fell heavily during training immediately before the World Cup kick-off in Sölden and suffered a cruciate ligament and inner ligament tear as well as a tear of the patellar tendon in the right knee. Veith had to pause the entire season. She made her comeback in December 2016, but had to stop the season and have surgery again due to chronic inflammation of the patella tendon in her left knee.
Stony path back to the top
As a result, she fought fiercely to keep up with old successes, which Veith succeeded in underpinning with Super G silver at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, when she had to give up the Czech Ester Estecka by a hundredth of a second. Veith suffered another cruciate ligament rupture in January 2019. She had to stop the season and missed the World Cup in Aare.
light at the end of the tunnel
In the past World Cup season – which ended prematurely due to the corona virus – Veith came back. As seventh in the Super-G by Rosa Chutor, she had placed her best position in the World Cup result lists in February 2018. At that time, she was seventh in the giant slalom of Courchevel and sixth in the Super-G of Lake Louise.
Her last podium was second in March 2018 at the Super-G in Crans-Montana, her last of a total of 15 World Cup victories on December 17, 2017 at the Super-G in Val d’Isere. Veith celebrates its 31st birthday on June 18.