Tearful Olympic ski jump champion Lundby out of Beijing Games

Paris (AFP) –


Reigning Olympic ski jump champion Maren Lundby of Norway on Thursday tearfully withdrew from next year's Games in Beijing, claiming her "body has changed".

"Ski jumping is a sport with a lot of demands, weight is part of it. My body has changed naturally lately and for this reason I don't want to sacrifice everything to be at the best level in Beijing," the 27-year-old told NRK TV.

"It's a difficult decision to make, because I would like to jump, but this season, it doesn't work."

The two-time world champion added that her priority if to "feel good in terms of (her) health".

As well as a 2018 Olympic gold medal and world championships in 2019 and 2021, Lundby has 30 World Cup wins.