Kjersti Plätzer

After 25 international seasons Plätzer shows how to end a career on a high

Kjersti Platzer winner in Sesto San Giovanni 2007
The culmination of 25 international seasons has left Kjersti Plätzer drained but satisfied, upon retaining her IAAF Race Walking Challenge title.
“I'm, empty but very relieved.” said the 37-year-old Norwegian a week after the IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final in Saransk, and six weeks after being disqualified in Berlin. “Now I can retire on a high which is so important for me.”   Such a long career has several beginnings - in Plätzer’s case due to injuries and motherhood. With her coach, Stephan, also her husband it may be a little intrusive to enquire deeply about some of their planning - but, what shines through is Plätzer’s sense of enjoyment of competition and the love of a challenge.
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After 25 international seasons Plätzer shows how to end a career on a high.

One more year to the Platzer walking saga

Approaching the age of thirty seven (on 18 January), and having seemingly achieved a neat enough symmetry to her Olympic career in Beijing by winning a silver medal in what will be her last Games to match her achievement in the first Olympic outing in Sydney back in 2000, you’d have been forgiven for expecting Norway’s Kjersti Plätzer to be planning a quieter 2009.
Yet Plätzer has decided that for one more year she will juggle motherhood, business life and elite athletics; braving hard training along the dark and icy roads around Softeland.

Series of articles published by IAAF to promote worldwide challenge

Deakes, injured by physio, delays his plans for IAAF Race Walking Challenge Thu 8 Mar 2007
8 March 2007 - Nathan Deakes, who set the newly ratified World record for the 50km Race Walk of 3:35:47 in December, will be spending more time looking at his IAAF World record plaque hanging up in his pool room than expected, as he has had to pull out of the IAAF World Race Walking Challenge event in Shenzhen, China, on 24 March, which would have been his Challenge opener.

Markov the likely trail blazer for Russia in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge Wed 7 Mar 2007
7 March 2007 - With the 2007 IAAF Race Walking Challenge offering prize money for the overall best 8 ranked athletes totalling more than $200,000 in addition to a $150,000 prize purse for each race at the World Championships in Osaka, and significant rewards at each individual event, this year’s Challenge which begins this coming weekend (10 / 11 March) in Naucalpan, Mexico, looks set to be more competitive, and bigger, than ever.

Saville confirms her Race Walking Challenge plans Tue 27 Feb 2007
27 February 2007 - During last minute preparations for her successful defence of her Commonwealth Games 20km walk title this time last year, Jane Saville was unexpectedly called upon to represent Australian sport in the opening ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. On that night she set the pace for 426 athletes as she proudly carried her flag. This year, Jane is preparing in more of a low-key style for the international season, while also able to be in support of, and be coached by, her ...

Fernández to race in Belfast at the end of his 'winter cycle of speed' Wed 14 Feb 2007
14 February 2007 – 2006 IAAF Race Walking Challenge winner Francisco Javier Fernández of Spain known more commonly as ‘Paquillo' in the race walking world has set out on a circuitous but familiar path to what the 2004 Olympic and two-time World championship 20km silver medallist and his famous coach Robert Korzeniowski hope will be gold at this summer’s World Championships in Osaka.

Plätzer targets the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in another comeback season Mon 5 Feb 2007
5 February 2007 - Even though 2007 marks her twenty first season of international Race Walking, Norway’s Kjersti Plätzer is motivated and positive about the battle for this year's IAAF Race Walking Challenge title.