Curler Anette Norberg retires

Sweden's skip Anette Norberg talk to the sweepers during a play-off match against China at the...

Sweden's skip Anette Norberg talk to the sweepers during a play-off match against China at the World Women's Curling Championships in Esbjerg March 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Bob Strong)

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Two-time Olympic gold medallist Anette Norberg of Sweden retired from competitive curling Wednesday.

The 46-year-old walks away from the sport with three world championships and seven European titles in addition to the Olympic golds she took home in 2006 and '10. She won't compete in the Sochi Olympics next year.

"Curling has been my life for so many years so, of course, there's so much I'll miss," Norberg said. "But life as a top curling player today is so demanding, and I feel that I lack both the time and commitment that are needed."

The other three members of the Swedish team that won in Vancouver -- Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl and Anna Le Moine --retired after the Games but Norberg won the 2011 world title with a new threesome.

"Naturally, it's a big loss for the curling world when a personality like Anette decides to retire, but fortunately we have other teams that can take over her role," Stefan Lund of the Swedish Curling Association said.


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