Anders Bardal, the best Norwegian ski jumper over the last years and fourth in the overall World Cup this past season, has decided to continue his career in ski jumping.
"It's the best job in the world and there's no reason to retire when I'm still one of the world's best jumpers", the 31-year-old said to the Norwegian newspaper "Troender-Avisa".
Bardal, reigning World Champion on the normal hill and bronze medalist at the last Olympic Games in Sochi, has already set some goals for the future. "I'm still lacking a podium result at the 4-Hills-Tournament and it would also be nice to win Gold with the team at the World Championships in Falun. The win at the Norwegian nationals was my first Gold medal in a team competition. It is something special to win together with your teammates."
Head coach Alexander Stoeckl, who could always count on Bardal's consistency over the past years, is happy about this decision. "He is very important for us. Not only because he is one of the world's best ski jumpers, but also as a person. He worked very hard for a long time and he proves that hard work pays off. He is almost some kind of a father figure to the others on the team", told the Austrian. "We will work together on achieving his goals. I think his chances to be successful are very high."