Pokljuka, 8th March 2014 -
Before the season start Ole Einar Bjoerndalen announced that this might be his last season in the biathlon sport as he intends to retire after the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. But, after Sochi where he took two Olympic gold medals, he together with his team had some time to think to realize that this is still not the end.
The King of Biathlon, as he is sometimes referred to, announced this decision at a press conference in Bled, Slovenia, prior the start of the World Cup at Pokljuka. His intentions are to compete till the 2016 World Championships in Oslo, Norway.
But, unlike Bjoerndalen and Marič retirement from the professional sport after the season’s end announced Swedish biathletes Bjoern Ferry and Carl Johan Bergman.
35-year old Ferry stated at Thursday’s press conference following his win in sprint competition that it is time to say good bye: “When Bjoerndalen finishes one race he already thinks about competing at the other. I am not like him and I think I will not miss the biathlon.”
His compatriot and peer Bergman confirmed his farewell intentions as well: “This is my last season. I am not happy to announce that I am leaving after this season. But, I am spending too much time away from home and would love to spend more time with my family. At the moment I don’t know what my future will be like.”