Norwegian Olympic athlete Fabian Wilkens Solheim ended his career at the age of just 27. The alpinist announced his decision on Instagram.
“The time has come for me to stop skiing,” Fabian Wilkens Solheim began his surprising declaration of resignation. Not only because of his young age, the end of his career was far from expected, Wilkens Solheim had only been able to celebrate his two greatest successes in the past two years.
In 2021, the Oslo native won the gold medal together with the Norwegian team at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Cordina d’Ampezzo. A year later he won bronze at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
However, there will be no further successes. “After a few seasons of ups and downs, I have decided to end this incredible journey as an athlete and to turn to a different phase of my life,” said Fabian Wilkens Solheim, explaining his decision.
Ski elite say goodbye to Fabian Wilkens Solheim
The ski racer continued: “I had big dreams as a child and I’m grateful that I was able to achieve most of them. It’s been incredible years of competing at the highest level with the best in the world and I’m so grateful that I’ve come this far.” Wilkens Solheim also “found friends for life”.
Among the pictures that the Norwegian shared on Instagram for the post, his most successful moments in the ski circus are captured in addition to children’s photos. He has yet to reveal what the future holds in store. But he was “sure that closing this door will open another interesting door”.
Numerous top athletes commented on the Norwegian’s contribution, including DSV professional Stefan Luitz or the Norwegian superstars Henrik Kristoffersen and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. “Thanks for the magical moments!” Kilde wrote.