Retirement for Anna Maria Nilsson
|25.04.2012, Ostersund / IBU Info JK|
|Another Loss for Swedish Team|
|Sweden lost their second veteran biathlete on Tuesday with the retirement of 28-year-old Anna Maria Nilsson. Her teammate Helena Ekholm left the sport earlier this spring.
Nilsson ended her 12-year career on a high note with the first podium result of her career last December, second place in the 15K individual in her hometown of Östersund and closed the season with a personal best 31st in the World Cup Total Score. She also had her best-ever World Championships results this season at Ruhpolding with 10th in the pursuit and 13th in the sprint.
In a press release, she called retirement “the toughest decision that I have ever made.” She added, “I am satisfied with my career, have experienced a lot and have many good memories.” Until last fall, Anna Maria and her brother Mattias were both on the Swedish team, until he was forced to retire due to a medical condition.
Where it All Began
Sweden’s Team leader Staffan Eklund called her “always inspiring and has been a role model in both training and competition.” Continuing, he said, “I will always remember and share with her was when she finally stood on the World Cup podium in December 2011 in Östersund in the individual; in the same stadium where her career began.”
Nilsson said she has plans but for now plans to enjoy “being at home and getting used to the idea that when she wakes up she is no longer a biathlete.”