The women’s World Cup tour lost two top skier to retirement this week. France’s Aurélie Revillet and Croatia’s Ana Jelusic announced they are hanging up their race skis.
Revillet, a 26-year-old speed specialist and 10-year veteran of the French National Team, won the French downhill title three times and had two top-10 results at World Cup races.
Jelusic, a slalom specialist who took last season off in an attempt to recover from severe asthma while she worked for Fisalpine.com, will leave competition behind but she will stay heavily involved in the World Cup tour as she has been hired as a FIS Media Coordinator for Alpine Skiing, focused on the men’s tour.
“I did intend this season just to be a year-long break from skiing, but once I saw that I was only sick for two weeks, as opposed to six months on inhalers, it was clear,” said Jelusic, who recorded two World Cup podiums during her career.“I did not want to come back at 80 percent but only to return to where I once was, at the very top. And I did not want to have any more days when I could not breathe.”
Since her World Cup debut at just 15-years old, Jelusic has tallied 17 top-10 World Cup results and took three trips to the Olympic Games.