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Sweden’s Johan Olsson Retires from Elite Skiing

release by FIS XC

April 13, 2017 – Swedish top Cross-Country skier Johan Olsson has decided not to continue elite skiing career.

Olsson (SWE) [P] Nordic Focus
Johan Olsson became one of the most successful Swedish Cross-Country skiers of all times. He won 14 Olympic and World Championships medals, only legends Gunde Svan and Sixten Jernberg have more with 17.

“It requires a lot to be on top as an elite athlete. Not only from myself but also from people around me. I spent so much time away from my family and friends not to be exposed to any risk of infections before major competitions. I have thought about it a lot and I feel now that I no longer have the motivation,” Olsson said.

We wish Johan Olsson all the best in his new life.

Full Swedish Ski Association press release (in Swedish) here.



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