The tremendous rhythm of the Alpine World Cup Tour can exhaust some athletes and drive them to take some time off the slopes to focus on personal projects. Overall World Cup winners Tina Maze and Bode Miller did so, but without properly retiring, which lets the door open for an eventual comeback.
Slovenia’s Tina Maze won everything there is to win: Overall World Cup in 2012/2013 (with point record of 2414!), 4 World Champion Titles and 2 Olympic Champion Titles. So after 16 seasons at the highest level, she needed some time to rest and decided to take a year-off before deciding if she wants to continue ski racing. At the dawn of the 2016/17 season, no decision has been made yet. Maze didn’t mention plans to race regularly, but never excluded to participate in a race to say goodbye. In any case, it looks like the 33 year-old athlete is still training, both in the gym and on the skis, but no information filtered about the extent and the concrete goals of that training. It’s likely that we’ll know by the time the season starts in Sölden on 22nd of October.
Recently, American skiing legend Bode Miller got in a conflict with his former equipment sponsor Head USA. The 39 year-old Olympic and multiple World Champion announced that he would like to compete in this season’s World Cup and World Championships with Bomber Skis, the brand he inked partnerships in 2015. However, the contract he had with Head forces him to race on HEAD equipment in the 2016/17 season if he returns to the World Cup. Miller is officially nominated in the U.S. Alpine Ski Team and would therefore be entitled to participate in World Cup races. Hopefully a reasonable agreement can be found before the beginning of the season regarding the ski brand.