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Holaus ends career with broken ankle

The Columbian
Published: July 14, 2010, 12:00am

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian skier Maria Holaus has retired from the World Cup circuit after breaking her right ankle during pre-race warmups for a downhill at Haus im Ennstal in January.

Austria women’s head coach Herbert Mandl said Wednesday that Holaus “has considered (retirement) for quite some time. Now it’s definite that she quits.”

The 26-year-old Holaus won one World Cup race — a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 2008 — in a career that was marred by several severe injuries. She came back from tearing knee ligaments three times, and two years ago broke her left shinbone in a crash at a super-G in Sestriere, Italy.

Holaus’ retirement is a setback for Austria’s downhill team, which failed to score a top-three finish in the past World Cup season.