Dominique Gisin, co-Olympic downhill champion, announces retirement

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Dominique Gisin, a surprise Sochi Olympic downhill gold medalist, announced she’s retiring at the World Cup Finals in Meribel, France, on Thursday, according to Swiss media.

Gisin, a 29-year-old Swiss, shared gold with Tina Maze at the 2014 Olympics, more than two years after her last World Cup podium finish. It was the first tie for gold in an Olympic Alpine event. Gisin was named Swiss Sportswoman of the Year for 2014.

Gisin, a three-time World Cup race winner from 2009-10, had a best finish this season of fifth and did not contest the World Championships downhill in February, two weeks after crashing in a race.

With Gisin retired, and Maze, 31, having said she will retire before the next Olympics, that could leave Lindsey Vonn, 30, as the only active Olympic downhill champion going into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Swiss 2010 Olympic downhill champion Didier Defago also announced his retirement.

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