Hirscher hints at retirement after sealing eighth consecutive overall title

Marcel Hirscher has hinted he could follow in the footsteps of Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal and retire at the end of the season.

Hirscher claimed his eighth consecutive FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall title in Kranjska Gora on Sunday, his third-place finish ensuring the Austrian cannot be caught at the top of the standings.

Since 2011-12, Hirscher has dominated men's skiing, adding 12 small globes to his overall crowns.

With two races ahead of him before the end of the season, Hirscher already has 68 World Cup wins to his name but he may not add to that tally.

At his post-race press conference, Hirscher admitted he was undecided if he will return for the 2019-20 World Cup.

"This will be the toughest decision in my whole life so far, what's going on for next season," he said.

"At the moment I can't tell you where it goes. My mind is going crazy at the moment."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added: "It [has been] a very good season, I started really strong. The World Championships went pretty good, I was super happy with the slalom title and second in the GS [giant slalom] is okay for me.

"The outstanding race for me was Alta Badia, I will remember that race for a long time, everything worked so good, it was wonderful."

Hirscher's successes over the last eight years have led to suggestions he will be remembered as the greatest skier of all time, however he was hesitant in accepting the accolade.

"It's so hard to say," said Hirscher. "It has worked great, but I have never skied against [Ingemar] Stenmark for example.

"That would be fun, but it is not possible anymore. It is hard to compare the different eras."

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