Jernej Damjan announced on Thursday, that he has ended his long career as a ski jumper after more than 15 years in the World Cup.
"In every person's life the time comes for a change and in every jumper’s career, it comes a time to say goodbye to flying through the air. For me, that time is now. The amazing sport of ski jumping was the number one thing in my life for almost 28 years but now my body is telling me he has enough", the 37-year-old wrote on Facebook.
"I had some of my most memorable moments because of ski jumping, tears of joy and sadness, moments of pure happiness and despair, flying through the air and crashing to the ground but all in all it was an amazing journey. I have met a lot of amazing people, traveled to unforgettable places, and besides from jumping, tried to absorb all the knowledge that I have been introduced to", the father of one daughter continued.
Jernej Damjan competed in the World Cup for the first time in 2004. He claimed a total of two individual World Cup wins, most recently in November 2017 in Ruka (FIN). At the Nordic World Championships 2005 and 2011, the Slovene won bronze with the team, and at the Ski Flying World Championships 2012 (3rd) and 2018 (2nd), he won medals in the team events as well.