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Steamboat Springs, U.S. Ski Team athlete Anna Marno announces retirement

Anna Marno races in the 2016 U.S. National Championships. She went on to win the super-G national title that season, one of the highlights of her career. Marno this week announced her retirement from ski racing.

— After eight years on the U.S. Ski Team and four seasons of racing World Cup events, Steamboat Springs skier Anna Marno announced her retirement this week.

Marno, 24, grew up in Centennial, Wyoming, before moving to Steamboat with her family when she was 11. She was on the U.S. Ski Team five years later, as a 16-year old, and she stuck there for nearly a decade, racking up World Cup starts and big NorAm Cup finishes.

Marno was a national champion in super-G just a year ago.

She battled injuries throughout her career, most significantly a pair of brutal knee injuries, each of which claimed a season of her career.

Still, she had plenty of highlights and proved a specialist in the speed events — super-G and downhill — throughout her career. In addition to her win in super-G last season, she was third in downhill at the National Championships in 2012.

She made the podium in NorAm events 19 different times, winning three of those events. She got her first World Cup start in 2013 at Beaver Creek. It didn't go well as she lost control near the top of the course, but she bounced back from that, too, and went on to race 20 World Cups

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Her best finish there came in January, when she earned the first World Cup points — awarded to finishers in the top 30 — of her career. She was 28th in that race, a super-G in Germany.

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