Swiss racer Daniel Albrecht, severely injured Jan. 22 in a crash at Kitzbuehel, met with reporters April 29 upon release from Universitätsklinik für Intensivmedizin in Innsbruck where he has been confined since Feb. 15, according to the Swiss Ski Team website Swiss-ski.ch.

Doctors told the press additional surgeries had been considered as late as March, but Albrecht’s recovery, particularly the lungs, had been sufficient that it was determined no surgery would be required.

In a report in the Swiss publication Blick, Albrecht is quoted as saying he wanted to return to racing, that he had lost about 10kilomgrams of weight, and that he initially had very little recollection of even being a ski racer, let alone of the crash. “I want to become completely healthy again. Ski racing was a cool job. I want to make that happen again.”Swiss racer Daniel Albrecht, severely injured Jan. 22 in a crash at Kitzbuehel, met with reporters April 29 upon release from Universitätsklinik für Intensivmedizin in Innsbruck where he has been confined since Feb. 15, according to the Swiss Ski Team website Swiss-ski.ch.

Doctors told the press additional surgeries had been considered as late as March, but Albrecht’s recovery, particularly the lungs, had been sufficient that it was determined no surgery would be required.

In a report in the Swiss publication Blick, Albrecht is quoted as saying he wanted to return to racing, that he had lost about 10kilomgrams of weight, and that he initially had very little recollection of even being a ski racer, let alone of the crash. “I want to become completely healthy again. Ski racing was a cool job. I want to make that happen again.”

Silvia Berger, a ten year-veteran of the Austrian World Cup squad, announced her retirement, according to the Austrian team site OESV.at. derStandard.at reports Berger saying “I did not achieve my sport goals,” and thanked her team for allowing her to “spend many beautiful hours in this community.”

Berger’s top result, a second in GS at Val d’Isere, France, came early in her career in December of 1999. Her best result last season was a 19th, also in GS, at LaMolina.

Swedish star Anja Paerson is reported saying she will retire after the 2010 season by APA/Reuters, and she wants to go out with a bang. The news agencies report Paerson told Swedish TV4 her goals for 2010 are “both the total World Cup and Olympic gold.” A seven-time World Champion and two-time World Cup overall champion, Paerson has the credentials to meet her goals. She went without a medal at last season’s World Championships and finished third overall on the World Cup.

The Steamboat Pilot is reporting Anna Marno, 16 of the Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat, has been named to the U.S. Ski Team’s development team. Marno won the J2 National DH this past season.

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