Ole-Einar Bjørndalen retires at 44

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Ole-Einar Bjørndalen retires at 44

Postby Neuro » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:59 am

He wanted to continue, but stopped due to a heart fibrillation issue. It was not as much a health risk as how it affects his training, like it did this Olympic season.

He stands with:

6 Overall World Cups
20 Discipline World Cups (sprint, mass start etc)
13 Olympic medals (8 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
44 World Championship medals (20 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze)
95 World Cup wins (1 in XC!) and 179 podiums


According to him, the strongest victory was Olympic sprint gold in Nagano '98 where he was leading to win but the race got cancelled due to too much snow, but he came back the next day and won it anyway.

Most valued win was the sprint gold in Sochi Olympics in 2014 at age 40 (and written off), but he also rates his XC 15 km skate win as one of his greatest achievements.

What marked him out from early age was his self-motivation and eagerness to experiment with new things.

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Re: Ole-Einar Bjørndalen retires at 44

Postby trotro » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:02 am

I wonder if his problem has been brought on by too much training over the years ?

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Re: Ole-Einar Bjørndalen retires at 44

Postby Neuro » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:21 am

Seems likely. Happened to Bjørgen, Sundby, Kalla and more too.


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