Record World Cup winner Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria is ending the season and taking an indefinite break from ski-jumping in the wake of poor results.
Schlierenzauer has done no better than 14th in the current campaign and was not nominated for Wednesday's Four Hills finale in Bischofshofen after a 33rd-place finish on January 3 in Innsbruck. He had also taken time off from the World Cup ahead of the Four Hills.
"I am taking an indefinite break after 10 years of high performance sport. I want to get out of the spotlight," Schlierenzauer said on his blog on his 26th birthday Thursday.
Schlierenzauer said he wasn't retiring but added "I don't know what the future will bring." He admitted "the burden I have been carrying around has become too heavy."
Schlierenzauer has an unrivalled 53 World Cup wins, an Olympic team gold from 2010, six world titles, two overall World Cup titles and two Four Hills crowns in his illustrious career. His last World Cup win dates back to December 2014.