15 years after he made his debut in the Ski Jumping World Cup in January 2002 in Innsbruck, Jan Matura has now decided to end his long career.
"During these years I had the chance to meet many great, interesting people, exceptional athletes, coaches and fans. I could gain countless experiences, had many ups and downs and learned a lot about life. In some competitions I could beat all the big names of Ski Jumping, like Schlierenzauer, Malysz, Stoch, Ammann or Ahonen (Sorry guys, but it always made my day)", the Czech wrote on his facebook page.
"The biggest thanks goes to my family, my wife Veronika, my kids, Dukla Liberec, the club in Lomnice nad Popelkou, Czech team, jumpers, coaches, officials, volunteers and everybody who supported me in all those years", he continued.
Jan Matura considers the two World Cup wins in Sapporo 2013, the 5th place in the large hill event of the Nordic World Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme and the fourth place in the Nordic Combined team competition at the WSC in Trondheim 1997 his biggest successes.
The career of the 37-year-old is not over just yet. This summer he plans to compete in a few more events like the Continental Cup in Frenstat and the Czech national championships in Liberec.