March 09, 2012

BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Former Olympic bronze medalist Ambrosi Hoffman retired from the World Cup circuit on Friday after 16 seasons.

The 34-year-old Swiss racer said in a statement that he would stop "because of my age but also my results."

Hoffman's career highlight came at the 2006 Turin Winter Games, where he finished third in super-G behind Alpine greats Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway and Austrian Hermann Maier.

Hoffman's form slipped this season and he finished outside the top 15 in all his races.

His 231-race World Cup career started and finished at Kvitfjell, Norway, where he placed 31st in a super-G last Sunday.

Hoffman had a career-best finish of second in a downhill in March 2002 at Altenmarkt, Austria. He also had five third-place finishes in World Cup races.

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