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Runggaldier (ITA) and Søtvik (NOR) hang up their skis
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With Lukas Runggaldier (ITA) and Sindre Ure Søtvik (NOR), two more Nordic Combined athletes have decided to hang up their skis this season.

Fast skier Runggaldier (32) competed on the Nordic Combined World Cup since 2010 and started in 97 World Cup events, 13 World Championship competitions and 9 Olympic events. His biggest successes were a seventh place at the Olympics in Sochi 2014, and a fourth place in the team event at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun (SWE). Runggaldier won three Continental Cup events and stood on the World Cup podium once, together with teammate Alessandro Pittin in a Team Sprint event in Seefeld (AUT) in 2011.

27-year-old Sindre Ure Søtvik was a member of the Norwegian B-team and competed in 30 World Cup events. His best result was an eleventh place in Hakuba (JPN) in 2018. He was the winner of four Continental Cup events and took part in the 2012 FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Erzurum (TUR).

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Sidan eg flytta til Lillehammer for tolv år sidan har kombinert våre kvardagen min, eg har den siste tida kjent at eg ikkje har den same gleden og motivasjonen til å satsa lenger, og har derfor bestemt meg for å avslutta karrieren. Eg føler meg utruleg stolt og heldig. Stolt over resultatene og prestasjonane eg har oppnådd, heldig som har kunne levd ut drøymen min i alle desse åra og fått til ting eg satt heime framfor TV-en som liten gut å drøymte om, menneskjene eg har møtt, land og plassar eg har besøkt. Det er utruleg mange som skal takkast. Mamma, Pappa, Gina, Torjus, Ragnhild og Ingeborg, heile slekta mi, trenarar, venner, sponsorar, Avisa Hordaland v/Ørjan Brattetveit og Magne Sørestrand. At nærmiljøet har vore med å støtta meg i so mange år har vore heilt uvurderleg og eg håpar verkeleg at utøvarar frå Voss, som er på veg opp og fram, er lika heldige og får same støtte som meg. Det må og til for at Voss skal greia å halda på tradisjonane innan idretten! At eg kan gje meg med den følelsen eg har no kjennest utruleg godt, eg frykta tidlegare at når dagen for å legga skia på hylla kom, så skulle eg bli veldig trist. Når gleda av å gjera andre ting i livet no er større enn å halde fram med idretten trur eg det er eit riktig tidspunkt å gje seg. Eg gleder meg til å sjå kva andre ting livet har å by på, eg har høyrt at det òg finst eit liv utom Framøve blir det baking av flatbrød for meg

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