As a child, Ida Dannewitz had big dreams. She wanted to take part in the Olympic Games in alpine skiing. But this dream has burst. The Swede ended her career at the age of 23. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. To say no to what I dreamed of as a child, »she writes on Instagram.
Dannewitz was considered a great talent. At the age of 20, she finished in the top 7 eight times in the European Cup, including one win (Super-G) and two second places (Super-G and combination) and won combination bronze at the 2019 Junior World Championships.
Just seven races in two seasons
But then they threw back injuries and prevented their breakthrough. Among other things, Dannewitz suffered a severe bruise and fracture in autumn 2020 and a ligament injury in his knee six months later. As a result, she only contested seven races in the last two seasons of her short career.
“Somehow I have the feeling that I let little Ida down. But at the same time I’m happy with the decision,” she told “SVT Sport” about her resignation. Dannewitz also reveals that she not only struggled with injuries, but also with psychological problems. “I had a lot of pressure on me, which sometimes got a little out of control.”
Since there is no mental coach in the Swedish team, the 23-year-old got help herself. She didn’t tell many about her problems, but those who did know didn’t judge her. “The coaches have also been very supportive in a way.”
The talent made five appearances in the World Cup. Dannewitz made her debut in December 2019 at the Super-G in St. Moritz (23rd place). She achieved her best World Cup result a month later in ninth place in the combined in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee (Austria).
Now she is closing this chapter. “I’m glad I was able to live this life,” she writes on Instagram and thanks everyone who has accompanied her in her career. (bir)