Rebensburg, 30, added that her performances in training in recent months showed she could not reach her past top level.

"The cycle closes in a way because the day has come that I end my active career," she said in a video message shot at the site of her first skiing lesson in Bavaria.

Alpine Skiing
Germany's Olympic champion Rebensburg retires
01/09/2020 AT 12:27

"Today is certainly no easy decision but after my injury earlier in the year and the training in the past months I saw I cannot reach my best any more. It was difficult but unavoidable."

A three-time World Cup winner in the giant slalom, Rebensburg, who also earned 19 World Cup race victories, has been Germany's top Alpine skier since the retirement of three-time Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2014.

She won her Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Alpine Skiing
North American races wiped out by coronavirus
20/08/2020 AT 15:21
Alpine Skiing
Alpine skiing-Norway's 1992 Olympic champion Jagge dead at 54
09/07/2020 AT 08:43