Palander quits skiing after injury

Former world champion Kalle Palander will retire from Alpine skiing after a bad injury last season.

Palander quits skiing after injury

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Kalle Palander

"It is time to go and do something else," the 35-year-old Finn was quoted as saying on the International Ski Federation website ( on Thursday.

Palander, who was world slalom champion in 1999, underwent knee surgery after crashing in the opening giant slalom of last season.

He said a lack of motivation, rather than fitness problems, had prompted him to quit ahead of the new season which starts on October 27.

"It would be too easy to say that I quit because the body cannot take it any more but that is not the reason," said Palander.

"I am in shape enough physically to say that if I had the motivation, fire, will and faith to make it back to the top, I would have continued."

Palander, Finland's first world champion, won 14 World Cup races during a career stretching back to 1996 and took the trophy for the best slalom racer of the 2002-03 season.

He suffered a serious knee injury in a race in Soelden 11 months ago.

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