Surprising decision: Rune Velta ends his career
Norway's Rune Velta, reigning normal hill World Champion, has surprisingly decided to end his ski jumping career.
"In order to be among the best, you have to be fully motivated every day and give your all. Recently I realized, that I don't have this motivation anymore. That's why it's better to look for new challenges now. I think I made the most out of my career and I'm grateful for all the moments I could experience at the hills", the 27-year-old is quoted on the website of the Norwegian Ski Association.
But Velta wants to stay involved in ski jumping also after his career as an athlete. He plans to begin studying sports now wants to work as a coach.
WSC Gold was the highlight
For Rune Velta winning the gold medal on the normal hill at the last World Ski Championships in Falun 2015 was the biggest moment of his career. "It was a very close competition and it took very long until the results were official. I waited to see whether I took gold or not and when it was announced my knees got weak", the Norwegian told the news agency NTB.
Besides this gold, Rune Velta won three more medals at the WSC in Sweden (gold with the team, silver in the mixed event, bronze on the large hill). Already in the 2011/12 season he won silver at the Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund. In the World Cup, the athlete of Lommedalen achieved a total of six podium finishes, his best results were two second places in Willingen and Planica.
Sporting director Clas Brede Brathen is sad about the news that one of his top athletes has decided to retire. "His performances at the WSC in Falun will forever be one of the highlights in the history of Norwegian ski jumping. Rune is a good example for what can be achieved with our national ski jumping system and our training philosophy."