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Nicole Schmidhofer is making plans after retiring

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Nicole Schmidhofer announced her resignation on her 34th birthday
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Nicole Schmidhofer has had enough of the dance on the razor blade that you do as a downhill skier in alpine skiing. “It’s just finished now. I’m no longer willing to risk my last shirt,” said the Styrian before her last World Cup race on Thursday. That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t be able to see them whizzing down the World Cup slopes in the future. For example as a TV expert with a helmet camera, as she suggested: “That would also be really good for me.”

Inherently “goschert”

Basically, she still really enjoys skiing, Schmidhofer clarified. “But to race that you’re at the front, you have to take a lot more risk – and I’m not willing to take that anymore.” Tracking shots as an expert, however, are “something completely different”, so the 34-year-old could certainly be enthusiastic about it. The perspective of a possible TV job also goes well with the fact that she is a chatterbox by nature. “Do you need that, that you gossip on TV?” asked Schmidhofer and laughed out loud.

tears of farewell

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The 2017 Super-G world champion felt less like laughing when she told her colleagues about her planned retirement. “They actually all had tears in their eyes. We’ve been together for almost ten years. They’re not just teammates, that’s where real friendships develop,” said Schmidhofer. “You know from experience, when you’re no longer part of this whole circus, that the paths often diverge very, very far. That’s also an indirect farewell somewhere, because you know you just won’t be 200 days anymore pick together in the year.”

Wellness with Stephi Venier & Co.

However, it is already planned without obligation that the speed friendships will be cultivated even after their resignation – for example as part of wellness weekends. “If we create a weekend together every year, that would be cool,” said Schmidhofer. “Stephi Venier really wants that. Maybe we can do it.”

Podcast with Cornelia Hütter continues

Schmidhofer will actually work with one of the ÖSV team in the future, albeit on a different front. Because the ski podcast “What’s behind it” with Cornelia Hütter, in the current episode of which Tamara Tippler reports on her pregnancy, is to be continued.

“We’re staying there. I would like to raise it a little bit more,” revealed the now ex-athlete. “There were once ten episodes planned, now we’re at 15.” And after the end of the season there should also be a season next summer. So Schmidhofer won’t get bored anytime soon.

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