Danish Olympian and world champion triathlete, Helle Frederiksen, has announced her retirement from professional racing.
As there will now be no obvious need for the 25+ hour training weeks and a dedication to racing, Frederiksen confirms she has no plans to disappear from the radar of the sport. Frederiksen has signed an autobiography book deal with Lindhardt & Ringhof publishing house and will dedicate more time to giving back and educating within the sport.
“My immediate focus, beyond absorbing this decision, will be on giving back to the sport and especially to those who have supported my career. I will commence work on my autobiography in the coming weeks, as well as initiatives that will bring me closer to the community that surrounds the sport.”
Helle Frederiksen, aged 38 from Struer in Denmark, hangs up her professional racing suit as an Olympian, a World Champion and having been one of the fastest female triathletes the sport has seen.
“It’s been the most beautiful chapter of my life so far,” Frederiksen said. “It’s been a dream come true and I consider myself so fortunate to have spent the past 11-years of my life, travelling the world and competing on the biggest stage the sport has to offer. I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished. I’m at peace with my achievements and I’m looking forward to forging new life chapters.”
Frederiksen continued, “The results are one thing, but the process of overcoming defeats, injuries and major challenges are what really makes big results all the more special. It’s been an epic journey filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows, but I’ve loved every minute of it.
“Competing in the Olympics was a childhood dream for me. Upon completion of my Masters Degree, and having not realised my Olympic dream as a swimmer, I believed I could be successful at triathlon and make it to the Olympics. If I was to achieve this goal, it was to require full focus and full commitment.
“It’s for this reason I declined my PhD and opted for a career as a professional triathlete. I have no regrets. Little did I know back then that fulfilling my dream of becoming an Olympian would not be enough to make me content, and that I would go on to achieve major international success. I’ve achieved more than I could have ever dreamt of in the sport of triathlon. I can look back with a tremendous sense of pride knowing that my focus, my determination and my will to succeed has enabled me to be one of the best in the world. This is special. I’ve poured my heart into being the best athlete I can be since 2008 and I feel rewarded for my dedication to be the best I can be.”