End, over, over: After 11 years and 101 World Cup starts, downhill skier Marc Gisin is retiring from ski racing. Dominique and Michelle Gisin’s brother draws a line under his comeback efforts.
We remember: In December 2018 Gisin fell so badly while hunching camels in Val Gardena that he suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as several broken bones and a squeezed lung. He was in a coma for days afterwards.
Gisin thought a lot
Although Gisin fought his way back to the ski slopes afterwards, he did not contest a race again. The tall speed specialist still competed in training sessions in Lake Louise, Beaver Creek, Val Gardena and Wengen, but never got above 70th place. No matter. Because: They were steps on the way back to the top of the world.
But now Gisin has to recognize: It is no longer possible.
That had indicated itself. Just two weeks ago, Gisin told VIEW: “By the start of the season in December, everything has to work as it did before my accident in Val Gardena. If not, the question that will be asked very seriously is whether racing still makes sense for me. “
Twice fifth on the Streif
That is obviously not the case. Gisin reported that in summer training he repeatedly had situations in which he felt his skis too little. “There were also some situations in which I was lucky to avert a violent fall.”
Gisin celebrated his greatest successes in Kitzbühel. He finished fifth on the Streif in 2016 and 2018. This is exactly where he had a violent fall on the edge of the local mountain in 2015. The diagnosis: traumatic brain injury and cerebral haemorrhage. Gisin then struggled with insomnia for a long time.
Gisin zu BLICK: “I don’t have the feeling that I was able to reach my full potential in my career. But there are athletes who, because of injuries, had to end their dream of a successful career much earlier than I did. “