Well-known Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who won eight gold medals at the Olympic Games, gathered a press conference in Oslo, where he announced the end of his sports career. “This is my last season,” said the 44-year-old athlete.
Bjoerndalen told reporters that in recent years he faced health problems: he had two attacks of atrial fibrillation. On the advice of doctors, he will end his career as a biathlete, although he was going to perform for several more years.
I’d like to say that I’m tired and full of biathlon. But this is not so. I’m still motivated and would willingly perform a few more years. But now I want to leave on the advice of doctors and family. “…” Thanks to all the Norwegians. I had a wonderful support, coaches and skiers who did a crazy job.
The Norwegian biathlete is a 20-time world champion and participant of six Olympiads. In 2018, Bjoerndalen did not qualify for the national team and did not qualify for the Games in South Korea.