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Lindström insert a paragraph after the long journey: don't Stop when it's hopeless

the world CUP is over and the season soon as well.

For Hanna Öberg, Sebastian Samuelsson and the rest of the young Swedish biathlon team is waiting just over a month's rest after the weekend's världscupavslutning in Oslo. Then begins a new early season – even may 1.

Fredrik Lindström the situation is, however, another.

Friday's sprint and a possible pursuit on Saturday will be his last competitions.

This was announced by the veteran after the men's world CUP relay on Saturday, where Sweden was number seven.

"I had kept it in a very small circle, so it was very emotional to tell everyone," says Lindström to DN before the farewell.

" No, not really. I have been set up in the two seasons that ”in the world CUP in Östersund, I set the point”. This is the way I have downloaded motivation the last few years.

finished off with the sensational OLYMPIC gold in the relay and then the first individual podium in the world cup since december of 2016. But in the winter, the Lad only started in three races, due to glandular fever.

– this season was not as I had imagined, but it did not play into the decision, " he says.

" Already two years ago I received as well as tying the fist to have the energy required.

in the world cup in 2008 and has been with the Swedish skidskyttes the entire journey in the last ten years: The last golden era with Bjorn Ferry, Carl Johan Bergman and Helena Ekholm. The heavy and medaljlösa years where the sport of dropped the headlines and attention. And so the breakthrough of a new Swedish national team in the last year.

a Total of four OLYMPIC medals in 2018 followed up with three yellow and blue world CUP medals in 2019.

– Now is a great frame. When I step aside, others will get the chance, " says Fredrik Lindström.

" I'm still a little honour. That does not stop when it looks hopeless.

Fredrik Lindström shot home OLYMPIC gold in the relay to skidskytteherrarna in the last year. This congratulated he of lagkamraterna Peppe Quintuplet, Sebastian Samuelsson and Jesper Nelin. Photo: Carl Sandin/Bildbyrån

between the old and the new in the national team. Even if the results have not always gone as he wanted.

Lindstrom took his first and only world cup victory in 2012, and then individual world CHAMPIONSHIPS bronze medal in both 2012 and 2013. But when the Ferry and Bergman ended 2014, he became the sole star left. The responsibility was heavy and the competitors rushed from.

"I lost a little motivation there, when you felt that you could not live up to everyone's expectations," says Lindström.

– Even if I stack up and did a good race look that closely so it is not possible to compete for both the ladies and the gentlemen.

He continues:

" It was a difficult period. But then I decided to wager two years to (of the OS and home-VM), and talk about that I got paid.

this past weekend was hailed Lindström of their younger teammates. After his announcement about the future wrote OS-guldkollegan Jesper Nelin on Instagram:

”Thank you for having shown the way for us young men.”

"It is fun to hear," says Lindström.

" I've got to experience so very wonderful, not just when they have won something, but also during training.

week he plans to be on maternity leave with their two daughters.

But first, thus waiting Holmenkollen.

Lindstrom was 66:a of the world CUP sprint in Östersund, his so far only individual race in the winter. Now he says before the world cup finals:

" It will be special, but I want to make good races. I may well aim at årsbästa – it I should be able to fix.

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