November 13, 2014

VIENNA (AP) Three-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher has hinted at retirement before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

In an interview with Austrian magazine Red Bulletin, the 25-year-old Hirscher says, ''I can't imagine now that I will race until 2018. And even less that I'll be racing then like I do now. It's a brutally long time until then.''

Hirscher, the world champion in slalom, won silver in the discipline at the Sochi Games, and is lacking an Olympic gold medal.

He says, ''I gave everything I had in Sochi. It's OK the way it is.''

Hirscher won the season-opening World Cup race last month and is trying to become the first male skier to win the overall title four years in a row.

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