Mona Loeseth retires at 23
Just when we thought all retirements had already been announced, Norwegian Mona Loeseth posted a surprising announcement on her social media page.
The 23-years-old tech specialist informed her fans that she no longer plans on pursuing her skiracing career and it was 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, its just the start of something new,” the two time Junior World Ski Champion wrote on Monday on her Facebook page.
“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,” the young now former racer went on to explain her reasons.
Mona is the youngest of the three Loeseth sisters who competed in World Cup and after Lena’s retirement some years ago, Nina will now remain 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 the 41 World Cup races she competed in, 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 being a 12th place in the Maribor giant slalom in 2010.
We wish Mona all the best in whatever new adventures she decides to undertake in the future and hope to see her still enjoy some time on skis.