Minturn, CO – American downhiller and a twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team Alice McKennis-Duran took to social media on Friday to announce her retirement from the sport.
First named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2008, the Colorado native posted on Facebook that evening: “That’s what comes to mind when I look back on my ski racing career – an abundant amount of injuries, risk, effort and dedication, but most importantly I feel my career was abundant in so many positive and memorable ways. The many incredible memories, the amazing people I shared it with, the supporters who helped me – sacrificed for me, all the moments big and small, happy, and sad, inspiring and heart shattering make me feel that my career was more than “abundant”, and I don’t need more. It’s time to step away from ski racing”.
McKennis-Duran’s final World Cup race was this past season-opening Downhill competition in Val d’Isere (FRA). Despite posting the fastest training time the day before, her opening run resulted in a season-ending accident with consequential fractures to her ankle and fibula. Sadly, accidents were no stranger to her World Cup experience. McKennis-Duran described undergoing surgery in 9 of her 12 years on the World Cup, 5 of which were season-ending.
In a January 9th podcast interview with Steve Porino, the 31-year-old reported that she was: “crushed emotionally and mentally to miss the 2020/21 season”. She lamented at her ongoing struggles with injuries saying: “my career probably will never be what it could have been. I’m definitely in the latter part of my career and looking at it like I’m running out of time. All things considered, I’m still proud of what I have achieved”.
Alice McKennis Duran’s can certainly retire with her head held high. Her career spanned 12 years on the U.S. Ski Team with 121-career World Cup starts, winner of the 2013 Downhill in Saint Anton (AUT), and an appearance at two Olympic games including an impressive 5th place finish in the Downhill at the Pyeongchang (2018) Games.
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