Paruzzi, Pedersen, Valbusa, Schluetter, Bjerkeli and Skjeldal Retire

FasterSkierApril 18, 2006


Gabriella Paruzzi won her first medal in the 1991 Worlds in Val di Fiemme. That was silver in the women’s 4 x 5-kilometer relay. She ended her racing career with another medal in the 2006 Torino Olympics. She has been among the biggest profiles in cross country skiing. She has a total of nine relay medals from Worlds and Olympics, none however gold. the third big profile that will be missed when next season’s World Cup starts up again.

Hilde's only individual Olympic medal came this year in the 10-kilometer classic when she captured bronze in the 2006 Torino Olympics. She also has a relay silver medal from the 2002 Olympics.
Hilde also has two Worlds gold’s and two silver relay medals. She has been on the World Cup podium 13 times. She has only one World Cup victory. That was this season

Fulvio Valbusa (37) has also decided to retire . The Italian has been on the World Cup podium 13 times. Two of those were victories. He has silver and a bronze from Worlds and five relay medals from Worlds and Olympics. The last was gold in the 4 x 10 at the 2006 Olympics.

German Andreas Schluetter (33) is also retiring. He has two World Cup podiums. He also has few relay medals from Olympic and Worlds, but no gold.

Sprinter Havard Bjerkeli (see cool photo of Bjerkeli winning the 2004 Drammen sprint) of Norway is also retiring due to injury problems. Bjerkeli was second at Worlds in 2003. He has three World Cup victories and a total of five World Cup podiums.

Kristen Skjeldal (38) of Norway has also retired. The veteran ended with Olympic relay gold in 2002 and 30-k individual bronze in 2002. He has one World Cup victory and 11 World Cup podiums.


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