Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler, the first athlete to win medals in the same individual event in six straight Olympics, announced his retirement Tuesday.
Zoeggeler, 40, began his Olympic career with bronze at Lillehammer 1994, upgraded to silver at Nagano 1998, won consecutive golds at Salt Lake City 2002 and Torino 2006 and hung on for bronze at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.
He last Olympic competition was the first Olympic mixed luge team relay, where Italy finished fifth in Sochi.
“My instinct after the [Sochi] Olympics told me that it was the right time to retire, but I wanted to be 100 percent sure,” Zoeggeler said, according to The Associated Press.
Zoeggeler began his career chasing the German great Georg Hackl and ended it ceding to another German, Felix Loch.
Zoeggeler is tied for the most medals among Italian male Winter Olympians with bobsledder Eugenio Monti.