BERLIN, Deutschland - Magdalena Neuner, one of biathlon’s most successful stars, revealed on Friday how she received death threats during last month’s world championships, just before she retired.
The 25-year-old quit after the world biathlon championships in Ruhpolding, Germany which finished on March 11 having won gold medals in the relay and sprint to give her a total of 12 world championship golds in her career.
But after receiving threats against her life during the event, Germany’s Neuner found herself surrounded by extra police and security staff during her final major competition and said she was glad to retire.
“You end up thinking, is it really worth it?” she told the Muenchner Merkur newspaper having won three overall World Cup titles in her career.
“It’s probably just part of being famous, but it still surprised me.
“I tried to concentrate on the essentials and there was always plenty of police and security staff around me, so I felt safe.”
Having announced her retirement last December, Neuner says she has no regrets about giving up her sport.
“Everything is great, it’s certainly not boring,” she said, having won two gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
“For me, it’s over and the topic is finished.
“In the last few weeks I haven’t thought about biathlon at all.”