Calle Lindh ends his career
As he announced on the website of the Swedish Association, 25-year-old Calle Lindh has ended his career.
Lindh began competing on the national team when he was 19 years old and can look back on many great results but also on many injuries, among them a fractured leg and a torn cruciate ligament. The past winter of 2014/15 marked the first full season for Calle since 2009 and also his breakthrough in the World Cup: a 13th rank at the season opener in Sölden and a huge improvement from the 29th to a final sixth rank in front of his home audience in Åre marked a career best for Lindh.
But as the motivation is not fully there now, it is hard to put 100 % into training and competition for upcoming winters. „Clearly, skiing will be in my life still but not as it has been, not with all the demands and the lifestyle that being an athlete on the elite level means“, Lindh explains. „The successes I had were fun but they do not outweigh the sacrifices that I have to make.“
Men’s coach Thomas Sjödin and Sports Director Anders Sundqvist are sad to see Lindh go: „I think it’s really unfortunate. I have followed Calle since he was a junior and I like him as a person. We will be missing one of the few skiers who I think can win the World Cup in slalom and giant slalom“, Sjödin says. Sundqvist adds: „We at the Ski Association wish Calle luck for the future. And if he regrets his decision, the door back to us is always open.“