Career ends for Lafarge and Storlien
With the end of the season, it was also time to say goodbye for two of the Nordic Combined athletes: France’s Geoffrey Lafarge and Norwegian Ole Martin Storlien both have announced their retirements from high performance sports on Facebook.
Lafarge started in 25 World Cup competitions and has five Continental Cup victories to show for next to a silver medal with the team at the FIS Junior World Championships in Strbske Pleso in 2009.
„My results in these past two years were not up to my expectations. And even if the pleasure was present, the difficulties I have experienced in order to make the Top 30 of the World Cup make me think it’s time to stop. I leave without regrets but with great memories and emotions. Travelling the world all these years, wearing the French colours has been a great honour for me. I am very happy to have pursued this dream to the maximum of my abilities. I will remain active in the world of sports and seek new experiences in trail, cross-country skiing and mountaineering.“
Storlien started in 17 World Cups and his merit list includes two Junior World Championship team bronze medals (Tarvisio 2007 and Zakopane 2008) and three Continental Cup victories and decided to end his career after the Norwegian nationals on the past weekend: „It was a worthy end of an eventful career as my teammates celebrated a double victory in the national championships. Many thanks to all coaches, support staff and sponsors who have helped me along the way. I might not have been able to fully realise my boyhood dream but what a great journey it was.“