A big step: time to say goodbye to professional skiing Saturday, 23. May 2020
It is finally out! Today I officially stepped down from my skiing career.
I’m happy and know that I’m doing the right thing. Even though I feel a slight sense of melancholy. I am relieved and excited about my new freedom. I am also aware of what lies ahead and that this inevitably means I am closing the door on a chapter which, until now, took priority over everything else in my life.
For years I lived a life where sport stood above everything for me. I was able to live out my childhood dream and I am deeply appreciative of that. But I feel that now is the right time for me to take a step back. Even though I know I will need some time to adjust to my new life in the coming months, to settle in and learn how to navigate my new feeling of freedom, I am confident there are exciting times ahead of me. Until now I called ski racing my job. I have never done anything else or loved anything as much. The smell of fresh snow. Early mornings spent on the glacier. The Team. These are all things I will miss dearly. But, the training is hard, the travelling endless and being apart from loved ones for long periods of time incredibly tough. Not to mention the effects of various injuries. Looking back on it all, I now feel a little melancholic.
But isn’t that always the case when you embark on something new and unknown? Fear, doubt and the ever-present question of “where will this journey take me?”
Where will it take me? I don’t know for sure, but I will keep you posted.
Thank you for your kind words, all the good wishes and heartfelt greetings. I appreciate your endless support and am so grateful you have always believed in me.
I look forward to what lies ahead!