Slalomer Julien Lizeroux competed on Tuesday at the age of 41 in the last race of his career, the World Cup slalom in Schladming (Austria), and explained that he felt “the weight of years”. The two-time vice-world champion in 2009 (slalom and combined) was awaited by his teammates at the bottom of the track and applauded at length throughout the finish area. Lizeroux finished 35th in the first round on Tuesday, insufficient to qualify for the second part of the event, as has been the case for him since the start of the season. “I always said it would be me who would decide, I love competition, but without being efficient it’s not my kiff, he explained. I can feel the weight of the years, the passion is still intact and I am lucky to be able to end my career on my own two legs. ”
“I used to dream when I was a kid in front of these races in Austria, I am proud to have participated and to have won some of them”, he said about his choice to finish in Schladming, “the temple of slalom ”in his words. The icing on the cake, his partner Tessa Worley won a little earlier in the day in the giant of Kronplatz (Italy), her first victory in more than two years. “Tessa is a great gift. I’m very happy, today she had a big smile, I’m very happy. ” The veteran of the circuit until then, who plans to “stay in the ski industry”, has competed in 172 World Cup races since his debut at the highest level 21 years ago on January 23, 2000 in Kitzbühel (Austria) , mainly slaloms, for nine podiums including three victories.