Injuries finally catch up to Calgary ski racer John Kucera

John Kucera hangs it up after a great but short career. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters/Files)

John Kucera hangs it up after a great but short career. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters/Files)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

CALGARY - It was eight years ago Calgary’s John Kucera took the ski-racing world by storm, becoming the first Canadian to win at Lake Louise.

He was only 21.

Three years later, he blazed a new trail by becoming the first Canadian to win a World Championship downhill title with a triumph at storied Val D’Isere, France, in 2009.

Then came the injuries.

A badly broken leg just before the ’10 Olympics in Vancouver essentially set him back three years before an inner-ear condition producing concussion-like symptoms cost him any chance at an Olympic comeback in Sochi.

On Thursday, he announced his retirement.

“Who would have thought the thing that would take me out was waking up dizzy one morning,” laughed the 29-year-old speedster who leaves the sport with a coaching job and an incredibly healthy attitude.


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