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29 Aug 2019

Ekaterina Karsten calls time on career

Ekaterina Karsten calls time on career

MINSK, 29 August (BelTA) – Belarusian rower Ekaterina Karsten announced her retirement from sport at a press conference at the National Olympic Committee of Belarus on 29 August, BelTA has learned.

“I am calling time on my sport career. In this respect I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported me, organized my training. These are the Sport and Tourism Ministry, the National Olympic Committee, the Belarusian Rowing Federation, as well as my teammates, physicians, massage therapists, my husband, fans and reporters,” Ekaterina Karsten said. The athlete added that she was preparing for her eighth Olympic Games when, ahead of the 2019 World Rowing Championships which is currently underway in Linz from 25 August to 1 September, she broke her rib, had to miss the competitions and decided to retire.

The outstanding athlete said that the Belarusian Rowing Federation is helping her to choose the appropriate job, but not as a coach. Ekaterina Karsten, who lives in Germany together with her family, plans to move to Belarus. On 2 September, she is expected to take part in the Olympic lesson “Knowledge is Power” at the Olympic Glory Hall at the National Olympic Committee of Belarus. 

Ekaterina Karsten is a two-time Olympic champion (1996, 2000) and six-time world champion (1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009). The athlete has been presented with the Order of Fatherland of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree, the Order of Honor, the Medal for Labor Services. Ekaterina Karsten is also the winner of the Belarusian Sport Olympus Award.

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