Author:
Barbara Kals

Ski-Star Announces Resignation

Anna Veith Ends Her Career: "I Lived My Childhood Dream"

With Anna Veith, one of the successful female ski racers of the past years has ended her career. Another serious knee injury in January 2019 hit the Salzburg native hard, but the Olympic ski champion did not want to give up her sports career for the time being - as she emphasized in an exclusive interview at the ISPO Munich 2019. But things came different then expected and Anna Veith ended her career early. We look back at her career and give insights on what she is doing now.

Anna Veith aims to reach former successes after lengthy injury.
Anna Veith was Overall World Cup winner twice

Who is Anna Veith?

Anna Veith is a star in Austria and of course in the winter sports scene: over 638,000 fans on Facebook, 370,000 followers on Instagram, and 177,000 on Twitter. The 32-year-old also used these channels to announce the end of her career in 2020 - in addition to an official press conference with former ski racer colleague Alexandra Meissnitzer. Anna Veith invited to her home - to her ski shop at the Hotel Arx in Schladming.

A visibly emotional Anna Veith looks back and into the future: "I lived my childhood dream", she said, looking back at her many career highlights from her first World Cup victory to her participation in the Olympic Games. For example, the most emotional day of her career was winning the silver medal at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang - the gold medal winner, Czech Ester Ledecká, was only a hundredth of a second faster. When Ledecká crossed the finish line, Veith was already giving winner interviews.

Anna Veith looks back to a successful career and the following achievements:

  • 1x olympic gold medal
  • 2x olympic silver medal
  • 3x gold in alpine world cups
  • 2x silver in alpine world cups
  • 4x gold in alpine junior world cups

 

The Reason for the End of Anna Veith's Career

In 2020, Anna Veith suprisingly announced the end of her career, But what was the reason for her withdrawal now? She has the feeling of having no more goals: "It has become more and more difficult physically to get to the top". Therefore she was ending her skiing career. Anna Veith, who had become known under her maiden name Fenninger, does not know yet how she will continue but is looking forward to her time with her family.

"It feels one hundred percent right," said Anna Veith. Already last season she realized that it is no longer "what I am striving for".

Most of all she will miss the concrete goals and the time with her previous companions, Veith suspects.

Anna Veith Speaks Her Mind

Again and again Anna Veith had been criticizing the tight schedule in the Ski World Cup and attracted attention with her opinion. The power woman from the province of Salzburg was known for kicking up dust at the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV).

To the ISPO.com editorial staff at ISPO Munich 2019 she said: "I think it is very important that athletes are integrated because they are the ones who know exactly how to get to the top", Veith said: "I could imagine to contribute the knowledge I have accumulated over the years.“

Review: Bad Luck for Injuries since 2015

Veith crowned herself twice as overall World Cup winner (2013/14 and 2014/15), Olympic champion 2014 in Sochi in Super-G, and won three gold medals at World Championships (Super Combined 2011, Super-G and Giant Slalom 2015).

In 2015, however, her series of injuries began, which would continue until the end of her career: Directly before the 2015 World Cup opener in Sölden, she had a severe crash and tore her cruciate ligament and inner ligament as well as her patella tendon in her right knee. The 2015/16 season was over for Veith before it had started. The comeback followed in December 2016, but she had to stop the season again due to an inflammation of the patella tendon and had to undergo surgery again.

At the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Veith took the silver medal behind Ledecká –  a brilliant comeback. In January 2019 she ruptured her cruciate ligament again. She had to cancel the season and missed the World Championship in Aare.

After Marcel Hirscher, Austrian skiing is losing another great star.

What is Anna Veith doing now?

About two years after the end of her career, Anna Veith works as a model and brand ambassador. But not only have things changed jobwise, but also in her private life - in 2021 Anna Veith gave birth to her son. Some of these insights came from her social media presence but also because Anna Veith is still often in the media and a German TV channel even published a documentary about her life. 

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