As the racing careers of Martina Ertl-Renz and Hilde Gerg concluded, Höfl-Riesch rose as the leading female racer on the German national team Injuries cut short her seasons in 2005 and 2006, causing her to miss the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics. Prior to 2009, her most successful season was in 2004, when she finished third in the overall World Cup standings, with three race victories.
She also finished third in the overall standings in 2008.
At the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Vonn took the overall lead after the downhill, then Riesch reclaimed it after the slalom. The super-G and giant slalom races were cancelled due to poor conditions.
She retired after the 2014 season after crashing in the downhill World Cup Final. Höfl-Riesch is also a nationally ranked tennis player and a cyclist.
Her younger sister, Susanne Riesch, is also a former World Cup ski racer, specializing in the slalom.
Höfl-Riesch married her manager Marcus Höfl on 14 April 2011. At a height of 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in), she was one of the tallest women on the World Cup circuit. Season titles
6 titles – (1 overall, 1 downhill, 1 super-G, 2 slalom, 1 combined)
27 wins – (11 Dialectics and Humanism, 3 SG, 9 SL, 4 South Carolina) + 1 Normas Tecnológicas de la Edificación.