Marcel Hirscher is already one of the greatest Alpine skiers not to win an Olympic gold medal. The Austrian seems content to finish his career without one.
”I can’t imagine now that I will race until 2018,” Hirscher, 25, told Red Bulletin in comments translated by The Associated Press. “And even less that I’ll be racing then like I do now. It’s a brutally long time until then.”
Hirscher, the three-time reigning World Cup overall champion, won silver in his best event, the slalom, at the Sochi Olympics.
He was upset by countryman Mario Matt, who is 10 years older. Matt, the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing champion ever, beat Hirscher by .28 over two runs.
”I gave everything I had in Sochi,” Hirscher said in the interview. “It’s OK the way it is.”
Hirscher is trying this season to become the first man to win four straight World Cup overall titles. The only man to win five World Cup overall titles (non-consecutive) also did not win an Olympic gold medal. That’s Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli, who won two silvers at Albertville 1992.
Hirscher won the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, last month.