French Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet announces she is ending her career

As the Biathlon World Cup season draws to a close this weekend, the Frenchwoman announced on her social media on Wednesday that the rounds in Oslo this weekend will be “her last”.

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French biathlete Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, at the world championships in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic), March 3, 2023. (MICHAL CIZEK / AFP)

A page turns. Ten years after her debut, the French biathlete Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet announced, on her social networks, on Wednesday 15 March, that she was putting an end to her career as a high-level sportswoman. At the age of 30, one of the leaders of the French team will stop having been twice Olympic vice-champion, during the last Beijing Games (in individual and medley relay) in addition to the bronze in the relay in 2018, and three times vice-world champion (relay in 2016, medley relay in 2017 and sprint in 2021). You have won only one World Cup race: the pursuit of Nove Mesto (Czech Republic), on 17 December 2016.

L’Iséroise will say goodbye this weekend on the slopes of Oslo, on the occasion of the last stage of the World Cup of the season, dominated by the other Frenchwoman Julia Simon. “It’s time for me to hang up my rifle and my skis! I am happy that I gave myself the means to succeed and that I have remained true to my values ​​throughout my career”, she wrote.

Currently eighth in the overall standings ahead of the final World Cup leg which kicks off on Thursday March 16, the Frenchwoman says she is “proud to have held on through difficult times, proud to have dared, to have made choices, to have assumed them. The rest awaits me, I’m sure it will be beautiful!”

Taulière of the French women’s team for several years, Chloé Chevalier’s older sister has 229 World Cup appearances, since her professional debut in 2013, for 52 podiums (including 22 individual) and 12 relay victories.

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