Good news for the many fans of Simon Ammann: The four-time Olympic champion from Switzerland plans to continue his successful career until the next Olympic Winter Games in 2022.
"I'm planning to compete for two more years. My focus is on the next two major events, the World Championships in Oberstdorf 2021 and especially the 2022 Olympic Winter Games", the 38-year-old is quoted on the website of the Swiss Ski Association.
"The way the last winter went for me, made my ambition to continue bigger than the thoughts about possible retirement. Last season, it was already hard for me to get used to the thought of ending my career with the Ski Flying World Championships as a goal. What I wanted was to fight for the top spots on many different hills, unfortunately, I was not able to do that", said Simon Ammann, whose best result in the 2019/20 season was the 16th place in Oberstdorf.
"What I learned last winter still gives me a lot of confidence on my way forward. With the Olympic Games - the biggest goal of every athlete - in sight, I feel that I have the strength to face the daily challenges of an elite athlete and I'm convinced that I can achieve top results again", the Swiss continued.
Only Peier on the national team
Simon Ammann will start the upcoming 2020/21 season in the A-team of Swiss Ski. The only ski jumper with national team status is Killian Peier. Gregor Deschwanden, Sandro Hauswirth, Lars Kindlimann, Dominik Peter and Andreas Schuler were named to the B-team.
The two female ski jumpers Rea Kindlimann and Emely Torazza are on the C-team.