Marcel Hirscher walks away at the very peak of his powers, the undisputed leader in his field, and one of the greatest of all time, how many athletes are able to say that?
As the Austrian bids farewell to a sport he has made his own, Pete Sharland pays tribute to an athlete who re-wrote the record books. Read the full feature here
Pinturault: "Hirscher is the greatest skier in the history of our sport"
"For me, Marcel Hirscher is the greatest skier in the history of our sport," said Frenchman Alexis Pinturault (as per ), who was so often foiled by Hirscher having finished second overall last winter.
"He won everything, he broke all records ... The few remaining records he has not recovered because he decided to stop his career at 30 years.
I'm not among those who are happy about this situation, I would have liked him to continue because I liked the rivalry, the confrontation and the challenge of running with Marcel.
"Since I was on the circuit and we ran for the first time together in 2009, we have always run against each other for more or less the same goals and on the same disciplines. We live and ski side by side.
"It opens a door automatically but there is still a lot of people, it will be a fight. The favourites we already know: Henrik Kristoffersen, Dominik Paris, Kjetil Jansrud, me, of course, I'm part of it too (...) the chances increase for each of us."