Maine’s Kirsten Clark announced Monday that she’s retiring from competitive skiing.
The decision for the only skier to win four consecutive U-S downhill titles comes just weeks before her 30th birthday.
Clark, who’s from Raymond (Maine), started skiing at age three at Maine’s Sugarloaf U-S-A and was competing by seven. The Carrabassett Valley Academy graduate’s career has included several World Cup victories and a silver medal in the Super G in 2003.
In 2004, Clark’s career nearly came to an end with a crash in Austria in which her wrist was broken and ligaments were torn in both of her knees. But she came back and won the U.S. Alpine Championship women’s downhill title last March at Sugarloaf.