Czech skier Bank retires, year after bad crash at worlds
PRAGUE (AP) Four-time Olympian Ondrej Bank of the Czech Republic is retiring from ski racing, a year after a horrifying crash at the world championships in the U.S.
The 35-year-old Bank says, ''Unfortunately, I retire sooner than I expected. I feel that I leave unfinished business.''
Bank lost his balance on the final jump of the downhill portion of the combined event, and slid across the finish line on his side. He had a concussion, bruised leg and facial cuts.
He failed to score World Cup points in 10 starts this season. Last month's classic downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, was his last race.
Bank came fifth in the giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games for his best Olympic result. Two third-place finishes in combined events were his best World Cup showings.