As some of you know, for the past 6 years I have struggled with injuries, some more severe than others. I have had to undergo two foot surgeries and a hip surgery in order to keep pursuing my sport. Almost for that same amount of time, I have had family and friends telling me to end my career and think of my health as there is life after this sport. I would not listen. I knew that I did not want to end my sport due to an injury but I wanted to end it because I felt that it was the right time. It would have been too easy to quit, anyone can do that, but not everyone could carry on. And I was not finished yet.
So after every injury and surgery I have tried to get back into form and find my old self. I continued competing and to some extend even successfully, but unfortunately I was never well enough again to achieve the goals I had set for myself.
After the foot and hip surgery in the November and December of 2009 I decided that I wanted to compete one last season. My goal was to qualify for the Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey and make that my last big competition. And that is what I did.
The season didn’t bring some of the results that I hoped, but I knew that it was due to the lack of training. I was only able to train for an hour a day due to the pain that still remained in my hip. What happened in Erzurum you can read here, all I want to say at this point is that it was a competition, which reflected my skating career with all the up’s and down’s.
I thus officially ended my career with the Winter Universiade 2011.
Ich möchte jetzt die Gelegenheit nutzen den Menschen zu Danken, welche die ganzen Jahre bei mir gestanden haben und mich unterstützt haben; welche meine Verletzungen behandelt haben und die einfach da waren als ich sie gebraucht habe.
I would now like to take the time to thank the people that have stood by me all these years that have supported me, treated my injuries and have just been there when I needed them. I would like to thank all of the coaches I have had the honour of working with during my career; these were: Christiane Dost, Andy Panai, Cath Barker, Debbie and Simon Briggs, Kevin Bursey, Joy Sutcliff, Ilona Schindler and Karin Hendschke-Raddatz as well as Viola Striegler. But also the Choreographers Lorna Brown and Iwo Svec, who both built up some fantastic and unique programs with me.
I would like to thank Ilona Schindler for helping me to grow and compete at a good international standard in first juniors and then seniors.
And I would also like to thank my last coach Krain Hendschke-Raddatz especially for understanding me and providing me with a friend that supported me no matter what decision I made. I wish we could have met sooner.
Next to the coaches I must thank all the doctors and physiotherapist that have helped me through the many injuries I have had. There are simply too many names to list but I am very grateful for all your help.
I would like to thank NISA for their support during my time in Great Britain and the DEU for their support over the years since my return to Germany. I also thank my home club the BSTC, they stood behind me every step of the first bit and the last bit of the way as well as my previous club the ESC Erfurt.
And last but definitely not least my friends and family. I apologize for not always listening to your advice but I want you to know that it was heard and much appreciated.