Olympic champion Wilhelm to retire

Updated: March 9, 2010, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- Three-time Olympic biathlon gold medalist Kati Wilhelm has announced she will retire at the end of the season.

Wilhelm was part of the German relay team that won bronze at the Vancouver Olympics.

The 33-year-old said Tuesday that it's time to make way for younger athletes, noting she's "achieved everything there is to achieve."

Wilhelm started as a cross-country skier, then switched to biathlon in 1999.

She won gold medals in the sprint and relay at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 and in the pursuit in Turin four years later.

Wilhelm also was the overall World Cup champion in 2006.


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