US skier Sullivan retires, day after record 105th downhill

KVITFJELL, Norway (AP) American skier Marco Sullivan ended his 15-year-long World Cup career on Sunday, a day after competing in his record 105th downhill race.

Sullivan competed in 167 World Cup races, including more downhills than any other American skier.

The Squaw Valley, California native says: ''I depart with a lifetime of memories and the fulfillment of my childhood dream to be one of the fastest ski racers in the world.''

Sullivan, 35, says he's ''beyond grateful to everybody who has helped and inspired me along the way. I am going to miss this life like crazy but can't wait to see what the next chapter holds.''

He won slalom bronze at the 2000 junior world championships but soon specialized in speed events, winning his sole World Cup race in France in 2008.

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