Janica Kostelic ends her career
Multi-Olympic champion Janica Kostelic has announced her retirement from skiing due to long-standing injuries.
"The moment has come to end my career, although I still want to ski. The main reason for this decision are injuries. I have suffered so many injuries and pain and don't want to go through this again," Kostelic said.
The 25-year-old quadruple Olympic champion put her career on hold last year and missed the last season, training only sporadically.
She has meanwhile focused on her recently opened beauty parlour and tried to keep her private life and her budding love affair with a little-known Croatian away from the limelight.
"I'm not the type who seeks media attention and my life should be much more comfortable now," she said.
Kostelic has won nine gold medals from world championships and Olympic Games since 2002, despite undergoing knee surgery 10 times. A dysfunctional thyroid forced her to take a six-month break three years ago.
She has also collected three overall World Cup titles, including the 2005/06 season's when she won nine World Cup events across all five disciplines and amassed a record points total.
I am so sad that she retires. For me she was such a good person and one of the most successful ski drivers of all times.
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