Earlier today, the Czech Paralympic Committee (CPC) reported that alpine skier Stanislav Loska had announced his retirement from the sport as a result of health and age issues. His retirement message to the CPC said, “Thank you all for your cooperation and support that enabled me to race for so long and represent my country.”
The Czech skier has many admirers inside the Czech disability skiing community. According to the CPC, people in the community have described his skiing ability as a “God-given talent.”
Loska has competed at 6 winter Paralympic Games in the alpine discipline, with his first Games in 1994 in Lillehammer and his most recent the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. He was the team’s flag bearer in Sochi. In the course of his Paralympic career, he picked up a bronze in the slalom at the 1994 Games.