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Double Olympic champion Dahlmeier retires at 25

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Double Olympic champion Dahlmeier retires at 25
FILE PHOTO: Biathlon - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's 4x6 km Relay Final - Alpensia Biathlon Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Laura Dahlmeier of Germany competes. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo   -   Copyright  Murad Sezer(Reuters)
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Double Olympic biathlon champion Laura Dahlmeier announced her retirement from the sport on Friday after a rollercoaster season that saw her miss out on gold at the world championships.

A multiple world champion, the German, who became the first female biathlete to achieve a sprint and pursuit double at the same Olympics when she won both at the Pyeongchang Games last year, has dominated her sport in recent years.

But the latest season was far from successful by Dahlmeier’s standards as injury, illness and a dip in form took their toll.

“After an unbelievably tough season with lots of highs and lows I no longer feel the 100 percent passion that is needed for professional sports,” Dahlmeier said in a statement.

“This is why after some long thought I decided to end my active biathlon career.”

Dahlmeier, who won seven gold medals at world championships, also secured bronze in the individual event in Pyeongchang.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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