Joachim Puchner, the older brother of World Cup racer Mirjam Puchner, has announced his retirement from ski racing as part of a press conference on Monday. The 29-year-old speed specialist celebrated three World Cup podium finishes in his career.
“The best thing to remember is the race at Lenzerheide, where I missed the win by hundredths of a second. I had 99.9 percent only nice experiences while skiing, but I am grateful for that,” said the Salzburg resident.
The Austrian started in 100 World Cup races and has suffered various injuries over the last few years, which have kept him from competing consistently. In 2013, he fractured his right ankle, which required surgery, and in 2015, he suffered a right knee injury while slacklining, which kept him off snow for the 2015-16 season. In the 2016-17 season, he had no top 30 World Cup results.
Puchner’s former teammate Klaus Kroell also announced his retirement recently, eliminating another veteran racer from Austria’s speed roster.