March 15 (Reuters) – Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff, a double Olympic biathlon mixed relay champion and three-times individual world champion, has announced her retirement, the Norwegian Ski Federation said on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old won 23 medals at Winter Olympics and World Championships during her career, 12 of them gold.
“Biathlon has been my life almost for along as I can remember and it’s weird to envision a life without it,” Eckhoff said in a statement.
“The last year, I have been somewhat on the sidelines, so it feels like a natural transition to the decision I have now made that I will retire. It’s weird and a little sad – but also really lovely in a way,” she added
(Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico City, editing by Ed Osmond)
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