Like most skiers, she did not announce her decision to retire after the season, in the summer or after a serious injury. Swedish slalom skier Emelie Wikström ended her career less than two weeks before the start of the new World Cup.
According to pictures on the social network, she tested her skis at the end of April and also underwent demanding training.
Although she emphasized in a post on the instagram that skiing meant the whole world to her, it also brought a negative side.
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“I’ve been struggling with my mental health lately with this lifestyle. I’ve always said to myself: As long as I love it and I think it’s fun, I’ll keep going.
In fact, this is no longer the case. Of course, I’m sorry about that, “wrote a slalom specialist who debuted at the World Championships in January 2009. She celebrated her 29th birthday ten days ago.
She finished sixth in the slalom at the Olympics, but she was not one of the absolute world leaders. The peak of her career was 2017, when she was at the World Championships in St. Moritzi won bronze in the team competition.
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The native of Jönköping also pointed out in farewell lines that she no longer wants to take the risk as before and her body aches from time to time.
“Traveling more than 200 days a year, blood, tears and fun,” she said. As she admitted, the fun page gradually disappeared.
“I learned more than I could have imagined and much more than just skiing. I decided to start a new chapter and I have 1000 nice memories, “she added.
The inaugural races of the season are scheduled for October 23, Sölden.
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