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Finnish women’s goalie Noora Raty goes out a winner

Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Women

Goalkeeper Meeri Raisanen (18) hugs goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland after the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey game against Russia at Shayba Arena, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Finland defeated Russia 4-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Matt Slocum

Standout Finnish women’s hockey goalie Noora Raty (pictured right) openly admitted that this hasn’t been a standout Olympics for her, but it still sounds like it will be her last. If it stays that way, at least she’ll go out a winner, as Finland beat Russia 4-0 in the fifth place game on Tuesday.

Yes, she ended it with a shutout, as Raty stopped all 18 shots.

Raty, 24, elaborated on why she decided to retire on Twitter, decrying a lack of many opportunities for women’s hockey players beyond the college level. She explains that the demands of managing training and a job simply are too much for many athletes in her position.

To an extent, it sounds like the competitive fire is still burning, but for now it seems like she’s ready to hang up her pads.

Here’s her full retirement announcement from Feb. 15:

Retirement slipped out of my mouth today so here’s more clarification from me so people can stop asking #thankyou

— Noora Räty (@Nooraty41) February 15, 2014

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