Swedish World Cup technical skier Calle Lindh announced his retirement from the sport at 25 years of age following a career marked by both successes and setbacks.
Despite finishing a career-best sixth in this past season’s World Cup slalom at Are, the Bergsjoe Hassela AK skier cited a lack of motivation as his reason for retiring at this point.
Named to the Swedish national team at just 19 years old, Lindh battled back from several serious injuries including a double leg fracture and torn ACL. The 2014-15 race year was the first full season in which Lindh was able to compete since 2009.
“I do not think I will continue to have fun with the lifestyle of a ski racer at the highest level,” Lindh reasoned. “The successes I’ve experienced are nice, but I am no longer willing to make the necessary sacrifices.”
Despite Lindh’s setbacks, 2014-15 was a breakthrough season for him. He kicked it off with a top-15 finish in Soelden (14th) and then moved from 29th after the first run into sixth in Are in December. He collected a total of six scoring results on the year, finishing no worse than 21st.
Although Lindh says skiing will remain a part of his life, it will not be at the same level or intensity in the future.
“I’ve known Calle since his time as a junior, and I really like him. I am convinced that he would have been a man who could have won both World Cup races in slalom and in the giant slalom,” said coach Thomas Sjödin.
“We at the ski association wish Calle good luck in the future. And if he later regrets his decision, the door is (still) open with us,” added Alpine Director Anders Sundqvist.
Release courtesy of SSA