Just when it seemed all of this year’s retirements had been announced, Norwegian alpine athlete Mona Loeseth posted a surprising note on her Facebook page.
The 23-year-old technical specialist informed her fans that she no longer plans to pursue her ski racing career, and it is time for her to try out new things.
“I guess all good things come to an end… But I don’t want to call this the end, it’s just the start of something new,” the two-time Junior World Ski Champion wrote on Monday.
“I have decided to retire from ski-racing. For me skiing has always been about the passion and love, and I’ve always said to myself that the day I have no passion and love anymore I will quit. And that day has come. It’s been a tough summer with a lot of thinking. But I’m happy with my decision and excited to try new things! Life is much more than skiing,” Loeseth explained.
Mona is the youngest of the three Loeseth sisters who competed on the World Cup circuit. After oldest sister Lena’s retirement some years ago, Nina will now be the only Loeseth representing Norway in the upcoming season.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to have met such great people along the way. I’ve had amazing teammates (and the best sisters!!), great coaches, servicemen, sponsors, friends and especially family supporting me. I am really grateful. So thank you, to all of you for believing in me and helping me to get to where I’ve been. And I will for sure never stop skiing!”
In her 41 World Cup starts, Mona never made it onto the podium but was able to compete at both the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Games and Val d’Isere and Schladming World Championships. She scored points in 11 World Cup races with her best result a 12th-place in the Maribor giant slalom in 2010.
Release courtesy of FIS