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Double Olympic champion Norberg of Sweden quits curling

Associated Press

4/3/2013 9:56:31 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- One of the most accomplished players in women's curling, Sweden's Anette Norberg, is retiring from the sport and won't compete in the Sochi Olympics next year.

The 46-year-old double Olympic champion said Wednesday she no longer feels motivated to keep going and wants to give Sweden a chance to find a replacement in time for Sochi.

Norberg says "curling has been my life for so many years so of course I will miss it a lot. But life as a curling player is very demanding today, and I feel that I lack the time and the commitment required."

Norberg won Olympic gold medals with Sweden in 2006 and 2010. She also won three world championships and seven European championships from 1988 to 2011.