With the retirement of the 33 year-old Norwegian Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, the FIS Cross-Country family has to say goodbye to a strong and valuable athlete. By always standing up for what she believed in, Astrid contributed not only on the race course but also to the entire FIS family and led the way as a rolemodel for younger athletes.
Astrid did not only have a great season 2019/20 regarding the results, but also took her medical studies ot a next step.
"I simply have more dreams where I see myself as a health worker than as a Cross-Country skier. Therefore I would like to spend my time with medical studies as the first priority and give my spot in the national team on to someone else, before I lose motivation. It is with pride, however, that I can do this after a peak season in the ski track in combination with full-time studies. I did not lose faith in being able to perform at the top level, but the idea of fighting for World Cup medals does not trigger in the same way as before. Perhaps the Corona pandemic became a perfect transition for me to life as a health worker, where visions are more prominent than on the sports field."
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen
Astrid was a member of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup family since 2005 and participated in 258 World Cup competitions. With 56 podium spots and 6 individual as well as 8 victories in the team, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen has a striking list of achievements as a top-level athlete.
With a gold medal in the relay in PyoengChang 2018 as well as two World Champion titles in relay from Lahti 2017 and Falun 2015 as well as one individual World Champion title in the Sprint of Sapporo 2007, Astrid was always up for a challenge amongst the worlds best Cross-Country athletes.
Thank you Astrid for all you have given the FIS Cross-Country world and for remaining such a great and authentic person all along the way. The FIS Cross-Country family wishes you all the best for your personal plans and professional future in the medical field.