«Time to say goodbye»: Yurkiw hört auf

Larisa Yurkiw hat überraschend ihren sofortigen Rücktritt erklärt. Lara Gut bedauert den Entscheid der kanadischen Speedspezialistin.

It's time to say goodbye. It may come as a surprise.. I have decided to retire from ski racing. I have had the most empowering years of my life throughout this career. Now, I can freely state that I will close this chapter and write a brand new one. It's difficult to summarize a 10-year international career in a post. I'm most grateful for these last 3 independent seasons full of real-life tests and real-life rewards. Each of you played a role in not only believing in my massive goals and potential to achieve them but by supporting my program. Your generosity was necessary, but your commitment to the journey made Team Larisa 3rd in the World. That's as gold as it gets.. With all that said, during the Sochi Olympics 2014, I could not put my socks on without my heel fixed to the ground for support. I have been unable to recover from Lake Louise World Cup Winterstart these past few years until the New Year, nearly 20 days later. Most recently, I had my 5th knee surgery on what was my 'good knee'. The load required to race at 140km/h was being juggled between two less-than-athletic knees... such is sport. I've defied odds with a "career-ending injury" 6 years ago.. My surgeon said last week, "I'm still impressed that you ever skied again, Larisa." (Immense kudos to everyone involved, health-wise, throughout the last 6 years. You know too well who you are.) However, I know in my heart, after yet another operation, health has the final say. I do not have the health to test the limit any longer. And the limit MUST be tested daily in this sport if you want gains. Not just a little bit, but you need to be willing to lose everything. Rudyard Kipling says: "If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, ...you’ll be a Man, my son!" I've loved this poem since I read it years ago... what resonates has changed. So, again, like Rudyard Kipling says, I will "keep my head about me" and enjoy another path. One of my coaches from Sweden told me years ago, "when skiing ends, life begins." He's around 100 years old, I really trust those guys.. They've seen a lot. Julia Roth, a great young racer chewed up and spit out by the Canadian ski tea

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«Es ist Zeit, ‹goodbye› zu sagen...Es mag überraschend kommen...Ich habe mich entschieden, vom Skisport zurückzutreten». So beginnt die Ankündigung von Larisa Yurkiws Rücktritt, die sie über die sozialen Medien verbreitete.

Beste Saison hinter sich

Der Rücktritt kommt umso überraschender, als Yurkiw eine ihrer besten Saisons hinter sich hat. Dreimal fuhr die kanadische Speedspezialistin im vergangenen Winter auf das Abfahrtspodest, insgesamt landete sie 7 Mal in den Top Ten.

«Team Larisa»

Die 28-Jährige hatte aber auch immer mit Problemen zu kämpfen. Seit das kanadische Speedteam aufgrund von Geldmangel aufgelöst wurde, schlug sie sich als privates «Team Larisa» durch den Weltcup.

Hinzu kamen diverse Knieverletzungen. Insgesamt 5 Operationen musste sie über sich ergehen lassen. Erst kürzlich hatte sie eine erneute OP. «Und das war mein ‹gutes› Knie», wie sie verlauten liess.

Bedauern bei Lara Gut

Lara Gut reagierte umgehend auf den Rücktritt und drückte ihr Bedauern über den Entscheid via Twitter aus: