|Originally posted by Mal@hood:
good to see him back. I have to root for the home team for sure, but Herman is too driven and talented not to respect. It will be interesting to see if he can regain the top.
On a side note - when a US teamer retires with relatively little success (relative to the better half of the Europeans anyway) they seem to do pretty well. Ambassador of skiing at name your mountain that sort of thing. What happens to the Euro's ?
I mean Herman was a brick layer in the off season. Seems like a strong motivation. Maybe that's why they seem to win the WC races so often.
OK I know that Bode and Darren are doing well, better than ever but the Euro teams are so deep...
Not so the Italian one, despite the past weekend good results (a Slalom victory by Giorgio Rocca and a third, Karen Putzer, and fourth, Denise Karbon, place in the Girl's GS in Cortina),
our management only hopes in a one time Champ (like Tomba)
But that happens every 2/3 generations.
As to what happens to the ex-racers after they retire, pretty much the same in Europe as in the States.
I can only talk about the Italians, but I think it happens pretty the same in the other teams.
-Many emigrate to the USA and race in the PRO-tour
-Others become "testimonial" for his/her former Sponsor (or of himself) like Tomba (which is still linked to Fila) and is also Testimonial for The Turin Witner Olimpics
-Compagnoni, is Testimonial of the Winter University Olimpics that are being disputed in Tarvisio, and is married to one of the Benetton's empire heir...
-Many other take over the family activity, usually an Hotel
or a ski school...(up in the mountains from where they came (remember Zurbriggen? Well, he's started and Hotel of his own in Sass Fee, his sister runs the family hotel nearby, which is now renamed "Pirmin Zurbriggen Hotel" )
-Thoeni (Gustav) is Head trainer for the Italian teams, but it's also owner of the family Hotel in Trafoi (near the Stifslerjoch-Passo Stelvio) run by his wife...
-Girardelli, amongst other things was collaborating with an Italian sport retail chain
-Paoletta Magoni (Slalom Gold winner at Sarajevo), is collaborating (employed as shop manager) with the same retail chain above.
-In some cases, some prefer to drift back into total anonimity
I recently saw an interview with and Austrian racer of the'80 (or '70) of the past century, who is now working as a builder, and has no regrets about leaving the White circus behind him.