Olympic and World Cup Moguls star Leonie Gerken-Schofield has confirmed her retirement from competitive skiing
Leonie, who first broke onto the competitive international circuit a decade ago with a series of stunning Europa Cup and Junior World Ski Championships performances as a teenager, has been a fixture on the Moguls World Cup circuit since 2019 frequently competing alongside her siblings Thomas and Makayla.
A first World Cup top-10 in Krasnoyarsk in 2020 was followed by confirmation of selection for Team GB at the Beijing Olympic WInter Games in 2022, where she won enormous admiration for finishing her qualification run in the Moguls despite a heavy fall part way down the run.
Leonie’s post-Olympic performances saw two hugely promising Europa Cup performances taking second and fourth place in Krispl in just weeks after the Beijing Games, while she secured her final top-20 World Cup finish at the Idre Fjall World Cup in Dual Moguls in December 2022.
Leonie’s retirement marks the departure of one of British Moguls skiing’s most consistently impressive performers, and the end of a career which helped trigger a new era for the World Cup squad of which she was such a vital part.
Everyone at GB Snowsport wishes Leonie all the best for the next stage of her career. You’ll always be a part of the family, Leonie – thank you for showing us what you’re made of for so many years.
Leonie Gerken Schofield career highlights
- February 2013 – Marks Europa Cup level debut with a stunning win in La Rosiere Dual Moguls as one of the youngest athletes in the field
- March 2013 – Follows up with three podiums in her first four Europa Cup appearances, marking herself out as an athlete to watch
- March 2013 – Makes Junior World Ski Championships debut, taking silver in Single Moguls
- December 2019 – After sustained period of Europa Cup competition, makes World Cup debut at Ruka World Cup with top-20 finish
- March 2020 – Registers highest ever World Cup finish with ninth place in Karnoyarsk World Cup in Dual Moguls
- February 2022 – Selected to represent Team GB at Beijing Olympic Winter Games, finishing 27th in Single Moguls
- Februray 2022 – Final competitive podium with second place in Krispl Europa Cup
- December 2022 – Makes final World Cup appearances in Idre Fjall and Alpe d’Huez, finishing 20th in Idre Fjall Dual Moguls
- September 2023 – Announces retirement from competitive Moguls skiing at the age of 25