(Reuters) – Four-times Olympic gold medallist Therese Johaug of Norway introduced her retirement from cross-country snowboarding on Friday, ending a profession through which she additionally amassed 14 world championship gold medals.
Johaug, who missed the Pyeongchang Winter Games in 2018 as a result of she was serving an 18-month doping ban, has additionally received three total world cup titles. She earned three of her Olympic titles on the Beijing Winter Games final month.
“I do not really need the journey to finish, however there’s a time for all the things, and I feel the time has come to do different issues than compete in cross-country,” she stated on Instagram.
The 33-year-old had already introduced that the Games in Beijing could be her final Olympics.
Johaug received her first Olympic gold within the 4x5km relay in Vancouver in 2010 and her second, third and fourth greater than a decade later.
She received gold within the 10km particular person, 15km skiathlon and 30km mass begin occasions on the Beijing Games and likewise received a bronze and a silver medal on the Sochi Games in 2014.
Johaug examined optimistic for a banned substance in 2016 and was initially banned for 13 months earlier than her suspension was prolonged to 18 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Her final race would be the 30 km in Holmenkollen, Norway on Saturday.
(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Toby Davis)