Lucas Braathen, the 23-year-old alpine skier, confirmed his retirement during a press conference in Sölden.
"For the first time in half a year, I feel happy," he stated according to Dagens.no.
Controversy Over Clothing Sponsorship
Braathen recently appeared in an advertisement for the clothing brand J. Lindeberg, which led to controversy.
According to sports director Claus Ryste, Braathen did not have permission for this, as the national alpine team has an official clothing contract with Helly Hansen.
Criticism of Ski Federation
During the press conference, Braathen criticized the ski federation's handling of athletes concerning their contracts.
"It has been an extremely disrespectful treatment," the 23-year-old said. He also mentioned that he received support from his teammates.
Reasons for Retirement
"I am not retiring because I am vengeful or bitter. I am retiring because I want to do what makes me happiest," Braathen explained.
He added that the world would have to be entirely different for him to consider returning to the sport.
Braathen has five World Cup victories to his name.