Biathlete Simon Schempp retires
The four-time biathlon world champion Simon Schempp ends his career with immediate effect. This was announced by the former number one German ski hunter on Thursday on social media. After bad luck with injuries and many health setbacks, the 32-year-old Swabian could no longer reach the top of the world in the past two years. In addition to eight World Cup medals, the long-standing final runner in the German men’s relay won two silver and one bronze medals at the Olympics.
“For some time now I have felt that my body is no longer fully resilient, and unfortunately my irrepressible will could not change anything in this state,” wrote Schempp. “In the end I couldn’t be the biathlete I was for a long time, neither in competition nor in training. I can no longer ignore this signal.”
“Hardest decision of my career”
Schempp became world champion in mass start in 2017 and just missed the Olympic victory a year later in the same discipline. In Pyeongchang he had to admit defeat to Frenchman Martin Fourcade in the final sprint . After a wheel fall in the summer of 2018, Schempp repeatedly had problems and never found his way back to his old form.
This year the twelve-time World Cup winner missed a World Cup for the third time in a row and now drew the consequences. “Of course that was the hardest decision of my career, but it feels good and just right,” wrote the Ruhpoldinger by choice, who now wants to concentrate on his professional training and is aiming for a university degree.