Alpine skiing’s latest retirement is Italian, Hanna Schnarf, who has been representing the ‘Downhill Lion’s’ on the World Cup for the past 16 years. In 2018 (Schnarf’s last season), she ranked 16th in the downhill and eighth in the super G, her best overall results on the World Cup. She stood on the World Cup podium twice in her career, once in the 2010 Crans Montana downhill and again in the 2018 Cortina super G.

Schnarf took to Instagram took alert her fans of the announcement, writing in Italian, “I will miss this world, the adrenaline at the start, my companions, all the staff, the opponents. They have been intense years, full of emotions, with ups and downs, but I’m very grateful and proud of my journey.”

Originally, the 35-year-old had planned on announcing her retirement at World Finals in Cortina, Italy, surrounded by family and friends. Unfortunately her plans were thwarted by the coronavirus spread.

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Ciao amici, lo sci mi ha dato tantissimo, ma è arrivato il momento per me di dire CIAO allo sport agonistico e di chiudere questo capitolo della mia vita. In realtá volevo annunciare il mio ritiro alle finali di Coppa del Mondo a Cortina… @cortina2021 Sono serena con la mia decisione, perchè sono arrivata ad un punto dove sentivo che il mio corpo non mi avrebbe piú permesso di competere ad alti livelli. Mi mancherá questo mondo, l'adrenalina in partenza, le mie compagne, tutto lo staff, le avversarie…. Sono stati anni intensi, pieni di emozioni, con alti e bassi… molto grata e fiera del mio percorso. Quello che rimane sono tantissimi ricordi e tante esperienze. Un GRAZIE immenso a tutti quelli che mi hanno accompagnata e sostenuta lungo la mia strada, in primis la mia famiglia, i miei allenatori e preparatori atletici, sponsor e fornitori, sopprattutto quelli degli ultimi anni @fischerski @leki.ski.outdoor @briko.official @grapossoftdrinks, il Gruppo Sportivo delle FIAMME GIALLE, i miei fisio, dottori, amici e per non dimenticare le mie compagne di squadra. Mi mancherete!! 💚 Hallo Freunde, es ist für mich die Zeit gekommen, dem Skirennsport LEBEWOHL zu sagen und dieses Kapitel meines Lebens zu schließen. Eigentlich wollte ich meinen Rücktritt beim WC-Finale in Cortina bekanntgeben… Mit meiner Entscheidung bin ich im Reinen, denn ich war an einem Punkt angelangt, an dem ich gespürt habe, dass mein Körper nicht mehr mitspielt. Trotzdem werde ich dieses Leben vermissen, das Adrenalin, Kribbeln am Start, meine Mannschaft, die Gegnerinnen… Es waren intensive Jahre voller Emotionen, mit Höhen und Tiefen… Was bleibt, sind viele Erinnerungen und ich bin dankbar für all die Erfahrungen, die ich machen durfte. Ein großes Dankeschön an alle, die mich auf meinem Weg begleitet und unterstützt haben, allen voran meine Familie, meine Trainer, Sponsoren und Ausrüster, insbesondere die der letzten Jahre @fischerski @leki.ski.outdoor @briko.official @grapossoftdrinks die Sportgruppe der FIAMMEGIALLE, meine Physios, Ärzte, Freunde und nicht zu vergessen meine Mannschaftskolleginnen. Ihr werdet mir fehlen! 💚 just 3 words: I say GOODBYE! 😉👋

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Associate Editor – Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten.​ She moved out west in search of mountains and attended the University of Oregon, where she achieved degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. She raced USCSA and was captain of the UO Alpine Ski Team. She currently resides in Salt Lake City and serves as Associate Editor for Ski Racing Media.

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