Updated on May 17, 2019, 2:57 PM
Laura Dahlmeier ends her career at only 25 years old. The highly decorated biathlete was one of the best and most successful winter sports enthusiasts in history. Her decision and motivations were announced by the Olympic champion and world champion on her homepage.
The German biathlon icon Laura Dahlmeier says goodbye to competitive sports at just 25 years old.
Laura Dahlmeier: "Decision is not easy for me"
"My decision is really not easy and my final decision was allowed to mature longer, but I realize that the right time has come for me," Dahlmeier wrote on her website.
The decision was very difficult. But she no longer has any sporting goals. "Today I am at the point where I do not know what exactly I should do, let alone whether I could ever succeed," said the seven-time world champion from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Magdalena Neuner also stopped when she was 25 years old
The German skijager has by far lost the most successful athlete in Dahlmeier in recent years. The general world cup winner of the 2016/17 season is now retiring at the same young age as world champion Magdalena Neuner, who also ended her career surprisingly early in 2012.
Dahlmeier's step was indicated. Even after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, she had expressed her thoughts that she might want to end her career.
Dahlmeier listens to the signals from her body
Even after the end of the March season in Oslo, Dahlmeier was not sure if it would continue after a winter with an extraordinary amount of physical and mental setbacks.
In 2018, the exceptional artist in South Korea celebrated two Olympic victories and once bronze, 2017 five times gold and once silver at the World Championships in Hochfilzen.
She was the first biathlete to win 13 consecutive medals and five gold medals at world championships and to celebrate 20 victories in the World Cup.
Dahlmeier generally won 18 times precious metal for major events for the German Ski Association. (Dpa / HAU)