Martin Fourcade will stop biathlon. The 31-year-old Frenchman, had a very successful career, with a total of five olympic titles, a record eleven world championship titles.
“Thank you for the trip. It’s time to say good-bye, ‘” writes Fourcade on Friday on his Twitter page with a blue heart and below it is a juichfoto of his own.
“The desire to get the best of me, and the mountains-to-climb is always within me, but as a human being, as a father, I want to have other options open to them.”
Fourcade picked up in a 2014 Sochi olympic gold medal in the 20-kilometer individual and the 12.5-kilometer pursuit, and in 2018, at Pyeongchang in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit, the 15 km massastart, and the mixed relay race.
And the old hand won the previous month, his eleventh of the individual world championship title, and was therefore in the record of the Norwegian biatlonlegende, Ole Einar Björndalen, who, in 2018, ended his career.
Fourcade will be on Saturday, are the latest races to be skiing in the Finnish Kontiolahti. The season would start a week or so later to finish it, but in the end it was cancelled due to the corona virus.