Ole Einar Bjoerndalen undecided on retirement after Worlds success
Norway biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, announced after the Sochi Olympics that he would not retire until after the 2016 World Championships at home in Oslo.
The Oslo World Championships are over, and Bjoerndalen is still not ready to hang up his skis and rifle just yet. Not after earning medals in three of four individual races in a stunning success.
Bjoerndalen said he will take the offseason to decide on his future, according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Bjoerndalen, owner of a record 13 Winter Olympic medals, had a resurgent 2015-16 season at 42 years young.
He won the first individual World Cup race of the season Dec. 2, his first World Cup victory since Feb. 12, 2012. At Worlds, he finished second to Martin Fourcade in the first two individual races and earned bronze in the mass-start finale Sunday.
If Bjoerndalen makes a seventh Olympics, he could try in Pyeongchang to break his tie with Daehlie for the Winter Olympic gold medals record of eight.
He could also keep countrywoman Marit Bjoergen from approaching his total Winter Olympic medals record. The cross-country skier at 10 Olympic medals took this season off due to pregnancy but, at 35 years old, plans to return.
The most decorated athletes in Sochi -- speed skaters Ireen Wuest and Viktor Ahn -- are at eight Olympic medals each.