Switzerland's A-squad rider Mellie Francon has decided to retire from international top-class sport.
According to this, the 30-years-old World Cup boarder crosser will not enter another winter season anymore.
“I'm now 30 years old and don't feel the desire to push my body to its limits anymore. I don't have the necessary fighting spirit anymore. From now on, my focus is on my training to become therapist (energetic, manual and geo-biological),” said the French speaking athlete.
“It's hard to invest 100% into the sport and complete a training at the same time. Now it's time to concentrate on my occupational future.”
The reigning and thus three-time National Boardercross Champion has podiumed ten times in the World Cup ever since she started competing on the highest international level in Arosa, Switzerland, 2004.
In 2006, she won the race in Bad Gastein, Austria and also represented her country at the last two Olympics coming out fifth in Torino, Italy, 2006 and seventh in Vancouver, Canada, 2010.
Her biggest success was the Bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships in Gangwon, Korea.