The biathlete Vanessa Hinz won several world championship gold medals in the relay, now the athlete from Schliersee announces the end of her career.
Schliersee - Careers come to an end at the age of 30, but they don't have to.
Vanessa Hinz still puts a line under her career.
The biathlete announces with emotional words on Instagram and in the DSV statement that she is breaking up.
As a resident of Schliersee, she helped shape winter sports and brought some success with her to Upper Bavaria.
Kontiolahti, Hochfilzen, Antholz, Östersund, Pokljuka - Hinz once left all of these winter sports strongholds with a medal.
In the relay, the now 30-year-old, who celebrated her birthday in March, was a bank and sometimes took care of the precious metal around her neck.
She has brought home three gold medals and four silver medals from world championships over the years.
Six of them were relay successes, in Antholz 2020 she won individual silver.
At the Olympic Games in Beijing, she provided her last highlight for the time being - the bronze medal in the relay.
Biathlete Hinz announces her retirement
Now she says goodbye to her active biathlon career.
The Upper Bavarian, who grew up in Schliersee, is breaking up, the words are emotional.
"Thank you for all the beautiful, emotional moments you gave me.
For all the precious friends that I only got to know through you.
Thanks also for all the hard times and the roller coaster ride that has matured and grown me as a person.
You have always been my great passion and have enriched my life," she announces her end, accompanied by several photos.
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A post shared by Vanessa Hinz (@vanessa_hinz_)
Biathlon colleagues also say hello: "It was an honor for me"
"I am grateful for this special time, but now I look forward to all the new adventures that await me.
With love Vanessa”, is the conclusion of her statement.
"Even in the summer, even before the injuries started, it was clear to me that I was going into my last season.
My body and my head have shown me that at the age of 31 competitive sports should be over.
I'm absolutely ready for the next phase of my life," says the official statement from the DSV.
For example, she is friends with Denise Hermann-Wick or the ex-biathlete Maren Hammerschmidt, who recently introduced Giovane Elber to the sport.
She celebrated New Year's Eve with Hammerschmidt, and now she joins a ranks of formerly successful biathletes.
"You put on a decent dance streak!
Thank you for all the moments you gave to you and to us.
All the best, dear Vanessa," writes Hermann-Wick, who invited Hinz to her JGA, in the comments.
"Hinzi, it was an honor to train alongside you and to compete in many races with you.
Welcome to retirement, I promise you, it has a lot to offer!
All the best for the new section!” says Hammerschmidt.
Franzi Preuss and Dorothea Wierer also leave their greetings, as does Karolin Horchler, a former biathlete who is now studying midwifery.
The Biathlon World Championships will take place in Oberhof from February 8th to 19th, we as the Ippen network will keep you up to date.