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Olympic skeleton champion unretires at age 43

Skeleton - Day 8

WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 19: Maya Pedersen of Switzerland smiles after she completed her run in the women’s skeleton fourth heat on day 8 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the Whistler Sliding Centre on February 19, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Maya Pedersen, the 2006 Olympic skeleton champion for Switzerland, is coming out of a six-year international retirement at age 43 to slide for Norway, hoping to qualify for Pyeongchang.

Pedersen last competed internationally at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, finishing ninth, according to the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

Married to Norwegian skeleton Olympian Snorre Pedersen, she took multiple breaks during her career for childbirth.

A Norwegian woman has never finished better than ninth at the Olympics, since the sport was re-introduced at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

If Pedersen reaches Pyeongchang, she would be in line to become the oldest Olympic skeleton slider since the 1948 St. Moritz Games, according to

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