Russia’s Svetlana Sleptsova Retires from Biathlon
Russia’s Svetlana Sleptsova announced the reason for her retirement today after winning women’s Pursuit and collecting all Gold medals at Summer Biathlon World Championships in Chaykovskiy. She commented on live TV, after crossing the finish line, “I will become a mother soon.”
The Olympic Champion from Vancouver 2010 made this decision just week ago, “I realized this is the final decision, and the first thing I felt was relief. I realized that in one week everything will be over: trainings, competitions, I think I am finishing on a good note. I don’t regret anything and I am happy.”
She talked about the future. “For me motherhood will come first now, I want to get some rest, and take care of my health.”
Sleptsova admitted that her Gold medal in Vancouver was the highlight of her career. “For any athlete, A Golden medal is always the brightest Olympic memory, as each athlete dreams about it. Any athlete tries to reach this goal in his training and competitions.”
She added, “I was going for it all my life and I achieved this. And I am very happy about it.”
After THE medal ceremony the stadium played an emotional video on the big screen with a message from her Vancouver 2010 relay teammates for Sleptsova.
The IBU congratulates Svetlana on retirenment and wishes her all success in the future.