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Plaschy hangs up ski boots for last time

Plaschy is seen here in action during the 1999/2000 winter season

(Keystone Archive)

The Swiss skier, Didier Plaschy, has announced his retirement from professional competition.

The downhill skier, who hails from canton Valais, said he had decided to quit the sport because he no longer felt driven to take part in international downhill racing.

"It no longer gives me any pleasure to compete," the 28-year-old said in a statement.

"I will still ski in the future, but only for enjoyment," he added.

Plaschy's announcement comes after a disappointing 2000/01 season, which saw the skier fail to qualify for the World Championships in St Anton.

An unusual, even flamboyant figure on the international ski circuit, Plaschy achieved two World Cup victories during his career, in Vail and then again in Kranjska Gora, both of which were during the 1999/2000 season.

swissinfo with agencies


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