“You have all been with me in the course of many years of my professional career and I truly love you all,” Legkov said during a sports tournament in the Russian Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiisk.
“Khanty-Mansiisk is my home city and will always be. I say stop here to my professional career on international tournaments.”
“I will see all of you later, not at international tournaments, but perhaps at domestic tournaments or marathons,” he stated. ” I am announcing the end of my international sports career.”
The 35-year-old Russian cross-country skier is the 2014 Olympic gold medalist in 50 km freestyle and the 2014 Olympic silver medalist 4×10 km relay. Legkov is also the silver and bronze medalist of the World Championships in 2007 and 2013 respectively.