Ex-super combined champ Daniel Albrecht retires from skiing

Daniel Albrecht went on to compete after a big crash in 2009, but further injuries have forced him to retire.

ZURICH (AP) -- Former world champion Daniel Albrecht has retired almost five years after a horrific crash left the Swiss skier with serious brain and lung injuries.

"It was a great time, with many highlights and a lot of emotion. A big thank you to all who have supported me on my way!" the 30-year-old Albrecht said on his website Sunday.

Albrecht was the 2007 world champion in super-combined and a four-time winner on the World Cup circuit.

However, he was unable to return to top form after spending 16 days in an induced coma to recover from injuries sustained when crashing heavily during downhill training in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in January 2009.

The last of his 138 World Cup races was at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, in March 2012.

Albrecht suffered another injury blow last November with a serious left knee injury sustained in a training crash on the World Cup downhill course in Lake Louise, Alberta. He returned to Bern, Switzerland, for surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap and torn ligaments.

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