Lars Elton Myhre announces retirement

20 November 2013 16:35
Lars Elton Myhre announces retirement
Lars Elton Myhre announces retirement -

Norwegian skier Lars Elton Myhre announced his retirement from professional ski racing with a post on his Facebook profile earlier this Wednesday.

“Dear alpine friends! As many of you know, I have struggled with back problems for a long time and have now decided that my time as a top skier is over,” Myhre started his social media statement.

The 29 year-old slalom and super combined specialist earned nine top 10 World Cup finishes, a fifth place in the 2007 Beaver Creek super combined being his best result.

“Many goals have been reached, but the biggest was never realized. I've given absolutely everything and have come a long way from Hovdebakken på Gjøvik.

All the hard work towards the goals has been a pleasure and a privilege. For this I thank especially Kjetil Jansrud, Truls Ove Karlsen and Aksel Lund Svindal . We have stood shoulder to shoulder through it all, and had fun along the way,” Myhre continued.

Myhre didn’t forget to mention his family, and the role they played in his career.

“My father Bjørn Myhre has shared my passion and supported me from the first turn. He has been a perfect role model, and I don’t have sufficient words for my gratitude and admiration. Last but not least, thanks to my patient partner Betina Thomlevold Jøranli . It should be fun to spend a winter with you after 8 years together,” he wrote.

Myhre is parting from life as a ski racer but not from skiing. In the same post he announced he would stay involved in the sport as a TV expert for the broadcast of the Olympic Games in Sochi this February.

We wish Lars all the best in the future and good luck with his new role.