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SSkating: Pechstein targets Olympic glory at 46

German speed skating icon Claudia Pechstein says she still has the appetite for top competition and is planning to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics when she will be 46. The East Berlin native is the most successful speed skater of all time with nine Olympic medals and recently competed at her sixth Games at Sochi where she finished fourth in the 3000 metres and fifth in the 5000m. "If I can stay in good health and in good physical shape, my objective is to be at the Olympic Games," the six-time world champion told German daily Thuringer Allgemeine.

Retired Lee admits Olympic failures inspired him

(Reuters) - Four-time world champion speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk's pursuit of an elusive Olympic medal was the motivation that kept him in the sport for so long, the Korean said as he bid a formal and emotional farewell on Monday. The 36-year-old had announced his retirement in February after failing to win a medal at the Sochi Games, his sixth Winter Olympics.

Alpine Skiing: Britain's Alcott to retire from racing

Britain's four-time Olympic alpine skier Chemmy Alcott has announced she will retire from racing after the 2014 British championships. The 31-year-old recorded five top-10 World Cup finishes and is the only Briton to have won a World Cup giant slalom run. Last month, she finished in 19th place in the women's downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Alcott, whose career was blighted by injury, told the BBC: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from ski racing, a sport that defines me."

Alpine skiing-Olympic champion Hoefl-Riesch, 29, retires

By Karolos Grohmann (Reuters) - Olympic combined champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany ended her Alpine skiing career on Thursday, quitting a month after adding a third gold medal to her collection. The four-times Olympic medalist told reporters in Munich that she initially thought of skiing for one more season after winning gold and silver at the Sochi Winter Games last month.

Alpine skiing: Olympic champion Hoefl-Riesch announces retirement

Germany's triple Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch has announced her retirement following an injury-hit season that deprived her of the World Cup overall title but did win her the downhill crown in her final campaign. The alpine skiing legend, 29, took the decision following a crash last week during the downhill finals at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which also scuppered her chances of winning the overall World Cup crystal globe. "It's difficult for me, but I think I have made the right decision," said the Garmisch-Partenkirchen native.

Biathlon: World Cup results

Biathlon World Cup results from Kontiolahti, Finland, on Sunday: Men Pursuit (12.5km, four shooting sessions) 1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 33:37.1 (5 penalties), 2. Martin Fourcade (FRA) at 16.3sec (3), 3. Bjorn Ferry (SWE) 20.4 (3), 4. Lars Hegle Birkeland (NOR) 25.4, 5. Klemen Bauer (SLO) 28.7 (4) Pursuit World Cup standings (after seven of eight events) 1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 254 points, 2. Anton Shipulin (RUS) 209, 3. Simon Schempp (GER) 201, 4. Dominik Landertinger (AUT) 197, 5. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) 195

Biathlon: World Cup results - collated

Biathlon World Cup results from Kontiolahti, Finland on Saturday: Men 10km sprint 1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 24:03.5 (0 penalties), 2. Alexandr Loginov (RUS) at 18.5sec (0), 3. Lowell Bailey (USA) 19.4 (0), 4. Ondrej Moravec (CZE) 19.7 (0), 5. Carl Johan Bergman (SWE) 26.0 (1), 6. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) 31.2 (1) Sprint World Cup standings (after eight of nine events)

US skier Shiffrin wins Lenzerheide slalom

American starlet Mikaela Shiffrin won the final slalom race of the World Cup season at Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Saturday, her fifth victory in the discipline this season. Two days after her 19th birthday, the Olympic and world champion, who had already won the slalom crystal globe for the second time, finished 1.44 seconds ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter. Austria's Marlies Schild, the former slalom queen, came third on the day. Shiffrin was already out in front after the first leg, timing 1.57 seconds quicker than Hansdotter.

Nordic skiing: World Cup results

Nordic skiing World Cup results from the World Cup finals in Falun, Sweden on Saturday: Women Skiathlon 7.5km Classic + 7.5km Free 1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 41min 8.9sec, 2. Marit Bjoergen (NOR) at 33.6sec, 3. Kerttu Niskanen (FIN) 56.6, 4. Heidi Weng (NOR) 1min 7.6sec, 5. Charlotte Kalla (SWE) 1:07.9 Distance World Cup final standings (after 14 races) 1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 750 points, 2. Marit Bjoergen (NOR) 705, 3. Kerttu Niskanen (FIN) 502, 4. Charlotte Kalla (SWE) 473, 5. Heidi Weng (NOR) 448

Biathlon: World Cup results

Biathlon World Cup results from Kontiolahti, Finland on Saturday: Men's 10km sprint 1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 24:03.5 (0 penalties), 2. Alexandr Loginov (RUS) at 18.5sec (0), 3. Lowell Bailey (USA) 19.4 (0), 4. Ondrej Moravec (CZE) 19.7 (0), 5. Carl Johan Bergman (SWE) 26.0 (1), 6. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) 31.2 (1) Sprint World Cup standings (after eight of nine events)
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