On Wednesday, March 15, the Commission announced Tiril Eckhoff that she is retiring from biathlon. Just one day after her teammate Marte Olsbu Røiseland did the same.
During a press conference outside the Scandic hotel in Holmenkollen, Eckhoff expressed her gratitude for her career as a biathlete. She also adds the importance of Holmenkollen as an arena for her.
-"Holmenkollen is my home arena, so it's fantastic. Holmenkollen is where I have my best memories," says an emotional Tiril Eckhoff.
Sheep teddy bear
After the press conference, a tearful Tiril Eckhoff was surprised with a teddy bear. Ole Einar Bjørndalen gave her a miniature teddy bear of the mascot Braute. It is clear that Eckhoff appreciates the gesture. When asked what it is like to say thank you in Holmenkollen, she is also clearly moved.
- Very right, together Braute," says a tearful Tiril Eckhoff.
Tiril Eckhoff is one of the most successful Norwegian biathletes of recent times. Her impressive biathlon career includes multiple World Cup titles and Olympic medals. In total, she has two Olympic golds and ten World Championship golds. With 29 victories, she is also the all-time winningest Norwegian woman in the biathlon World Cup.