French skier Marion Rolland has made the difficult decision to end her 15-year career as an elite athlete after suffering the latest of many injuries over the course of her time on the national team. The downhill world champion from Schladming 2013 most recently sustained a knee injury in a crash at the Cortina d’Ampezzo World Cup super G race in January after missing most of the previous season.
Rolland tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee for the second time in two years and was unable to compete at the Vail/Beaver World Championships in order to defend her title.
“After further medical examinations at the Paul Santy Center in Lyon by Dr. Sonnery-Cottet, I know what awaits me now,” said the 32-year-old. “I will undergo surgery for sure, since there is too much damage to my ligament. The surgery will take place in the spring.”
Rolland also missed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games due to the same injury in her knee.
“With this new injury, it is time now for me to think about the future,” she concluded. “I can now calmly decide to stop my career, I lived great moments and I was able to bounce back after hard times.”