Olympic legend Veerpalu retires

Wed, 23 Feb 20:13:00 2011

Estonia's twice Olympic 15 kms cross country ski champion Andrus Veerpalu has decided to retire at the age of 40 and will not compete in the world nordic skiing championships in Oslo this week.

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"My health and age send a signal that even the most ambitious athlete must heed. I would have dearly liked to cap off a career nicely at the world championships, but real life is something else," Veerpalu said.

Veerpalu won Olympic gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games and again in Torino four years later.

Reuters

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