Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who dominated the game of biathlon for nearly 1 / 4-century, introduced his retirement Friday.
Bjoerndalen, forty four, gained eight Olympic gold medals and 20 world titles as a biathlete, incomes him the nickname “King of Biathlon.” Nevertheless, he had a problem with coronary heart palpitations final yr, completed forty third within the World Cup and didn’t qualify for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
“My motivation is unstoppable, you recognize that, and I really feel that it (biathlon) is simply as a lot enjoyable today — I might have appreciated to have had one other yr, however that is my final season,” Bjoerndalen stated Tuesday at a news convention (by way of Reuters).
Bjoerndalen’s thirteen general medals within the Winter Olympics rank second all-time to the 15 gained by Norwegian cross-nation skier Marit Bjoergen. And Bjoerndalen has dominated the Biathlon World Cup tour because the mid-Nineteen Nineties, with ninety five wins and 6 World Cup titles.
Bjoerndalen stated he has responded nicely to remedies for his coronary heart situation. He married fellow biathlete and 2018 Olympic relay gold medalist Darya Domracheva in 2016.