Slovene competitor Andrej Jerman abruptly announced his retirement Monday (Jan 28) after 15 years on the World Cup circuit. He is 34 years old.

Jerman crashed during the first training run for the Hahnenkamm downhill at Kitzbuehel, got up and skied down. He then collapsed unconscious in the finish area and was helicoptered to hospital.

Doctors diagnosed a severe concussion.

Jerman is the only Slovene male to have won a World Cup downhill, having first won at Garmisch in 2007 and again winning at Bormio in 2009.

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Hank McKee
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The veteran of the staff, McKee started with Ski Racing in 1980. Over the seasons he has covered virtually every aspect of the sport, from the pro tours to junior racing, freestyle and World Cup alpine competition. He has written the first national stories for many U.S. team stars, and was still around to report on their retirements. “Longevity has its rewards,” he says, “but it’s a slow process.”

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