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Ski racer ends her career surprisingly early - "Struggled with my attitude"

2021-10-11T14:10:42.063Z

Skier Emelie Wikström ended her career at the age of 29. In her farewell message, the Swede reveals the reasons for the end of her career.



Skier Emelie Wikström ended her career at the age of 29.

In her farewell message, the Swede reveals the reasons for the end of her career.

Stockholm - The new ski season begins at the end of October and opens with the giant slalom in Sölden.

However, when the starting shot is fired in Austria, a permanent guest will no longer be present.

Two-time Olympic participant Emelie Wikström surprised the winter sports world with her sudden resignation at the end of last week.

The Swede announced her early retirement via Instagram - just a few days after her 29th birthday.

Emelie Wikström: Suddenly retired at the age of 29 and after more than 100 World Cup starts

Wikström competed a total of 106 times in the World Cup, but it was never enough to make it onto the podium. Two fourth places jumped out as the best results. She also took part in world championships, and in 2017 she even won the bronze medal with the team in St. Moritz. For the Olympian, who remained without a medal in both Sochi and Pyeongchang, a long and eventful chapter in life now closes.

“Everything comes to an end at some point.

I've only been skiing my whole life, yes it was my life, ”writes the slalom specialist in her farewell announcement.

“I'm really grateful that I got to spend these years in the ski circus and had the opportunity to call it my job,” continues Wikström.

Many people have only ever seen the “beautiful sides” of their job, “but there is a lot of work behind it.

You are on the road 200 days a year, blood, tears and laughter ”.

Emelie Wikström: ski racer reveals reasons for a career - "That takes the fun away from me"

The comparatively young athlete also gave insights into her emotional world and revealed the reasons for her resignation.

“I've been struggling with my attitude lately,” reveals Wikström.

“I always said to myself: As long as I love it and enjoy it, I'll keep going.

But that is not the case, of course that makes me sad ”.

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But it wasn't just mental problems that forced her to resign.

"My body hurts more and more and I no longer have the confidence to take full risk," the Swede has to admit.

“That takes away the fun.

That's why I've decided to start a new chapter. "

A prominent colleague in Switzerland, Wendy Holdener, has already expressed her sympathy for Wikström's decision.

"Oh wow.

That's sad to hear.

I will miss you and I wish you only the best, ”writes the Olympic champion.

The Munich ski racer Linus Strasser also congratulates Wikström on her career, now life begins for her after her sports career.

(ajr)

Source: merkur

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