Carmen Thalmann (born 11 September 1989) from Austria, has surprised everyone. Via her Instagram page she announced her retirement from alpine ski racing at the age of 28. Here is what she said in her own words:


"It was a wonderful chapter in my life, which I definitely will never forget. But since I was a little child, I keep promising myself that I will do everything with all my love. Last year was a very tough one for me, I tried hard to keep smiling but at the end I had to realize, that I couldn’t anymore. I lost my smile. The smile and passion are the most important aspects in someones life and now I am ready for something new. Something I put all my love in! I want you to know how thankful I am. 


I want to thank my parents, who made all this possible for me and of course my entire family and friends! A big thx to my crazy Fanclub and all the special people I met on this incredible journey, you gave me the support I needed. Thanks to all my sponsors, especially Europlast and Head, who were standing by my side - in good and bad times. Thanks to everyone who walked with me at any part of my story.


To let you know - I am not done yet, I am just starting something new. 

#thankful#eswarmireineehre #newlife "


Source: Instagram @carmenthalmann