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Source: DOSBAmelie Kober announced her retirement from active competitive sports just a few weeks before the start of the new snowboard World Cup season. The protracted ankle injury suffered by the 31-year-old in the qualifying period for the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and that in the recent past has repeatedly prevented a comeback and the good job prospects at the Federal Police have persuaded Germany’s most successful snowboarder of the last 15 years to finally hang the board. “It was a very long injury period, it simply makes it difficult to find a connection at all, “explains Kober, who in her career has often fought back from severe setbacks such as cruciate ligament tears and had not let even a broken elbow in Sochi in 2014 dissuade her from winning her second Olympic medal. “natuer I would have liked to come back full again. After all, I had met half Qualinorm for South Korea. But it’s OK as it is. I can look back satisfied. I have fulfilled or achieved my dreams and the performance goals that I set myself. “These include above all the five podium results at major events. The Miesbach rider was on the podium twice at the Olympics, winning silver in Turin in 2006 and bronze in Russia eight years later. In addition, parallel giant slalom silver at the World Championships in Arosa 2007 and two times bronze six years later in Stoneham, Canada (PSL and PGS). “The five medals are of course the most beautiful moments, with Sochi with the arm injury three days before the parallel slalom is already special, “said Kober, but also the fourth place at the World Championships in La Molina, Spain, will never forget. “Four months after the birth of my fourth son, I finished fourth, four hundredths of a second behind. That was one of my greatest successes. “Just like the unexpected overall World Cup title in 2009, which she won in a heart-stopping final with a win in the Italian Valmalenco, Doris Günther (AUT).” I was hardly in the first half of the season Final and I won everything in the back. I learned a lot there. I was still young, at that time I realized that the team is important to me. I understand that I am not a lone fighter, but I am happy for others and have to reward their performance. From then on it went well. “And so it is not surprising that the Bavarian, who participated in three Olympic Games, represented her country at six world championships and after her debut in Alpe d’Huez, France, in January 2004 in total With 108 World Cup starts on the podium 21 times and celebrating twelve victories, the team calls to the question what they will miss: “That’s the only thing I really miss, the time with the team. I am so happy to have spent time in such a team. “Especially since the teammates as well as Snowboard Germany and other sponsors supported the mother of a son to come back after the birth.” I am very grateful that the Federation as well as the Federal Police have given the trust and accompanied me after Mamawerden and further promoted. I would like to thank all those who have accompanied me on my sporting path. As a young athlete, I never thought I would have such a career. Of course I was hoping for it, but it’s great that everything worked out that way. I am happy that I am able to step out of the sport with satisfaction. “Snowboard Germany President Prof. Hanns-Michael Hölz praised Kober as the outstanding top athlete:” Amelie Kober not only had an unprecedented career and was a long-time face of the German snowboarding sport, to which the association owes much due to its successes. She has repeatedly presented herself in the team as a straightforward leader with a fighter’s heart, which was a real role model for the offspring. We wish Amelie to achieve the goals she has set for herself in her new professional career. “(Source: Snowboard Germany)


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