Janette Hargin Announces Retirement from Freeride Competition
03:19 22-10-2012 by FWT
After a long and successful career both in the FIS alpine world cup and the Freeride World Tour, professional Swedish skier Janette Hargin recently announced that she will no longer ski competitively. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Janette and her sister Christine have been dominant during the last several years of the Freeride World Tour, frequently standing on the podium at FWT events around the world.
In 2011 Janette won the Xtreme Verbier which also secured her world champion title. However, a nagging back injury has since plagued Janette's continued participation in Freeride. "Since I was crowned world champion in 2011 I've had severe back pain. During these one and a half years I've had the insight that a strong body that enables an active life has gained priority over the attraction and fascination to perform at a competitive level. Today I have almost no pain in my back, so I can start the next phase in life from a position where my body and mental energy is prepared." explained Janette.
Janette will continue to be dedicated to the snowsports industry. "No one should think that I’m putting my skis in for final storage, but see it as I’m shifting focus from competition and performance to a combination of work and being a very active ski fanatic," she said.
The Hargin sisters' legacy in the Freeride World Tour certainly isn't over yet. Following the footsteps of her big sister, Christine won her own world title in 2012, and is poised to continue her run in the 2013 Freeride World Tour.