As reported on German Yahoo Nov. 2, Mikkeline Kierkgaard and Norman Jeschke have decided to retire. Mikkeline began as a singles skater for Denmark and paired with Norman after the 2002 Olympics, skating for Germany.
Mikkeline Kierkgaard and Norman Jeschke have ended their skating careers
because of her health problems. In October 2002 she had an on-ice accident,
suffering craniocerebral trauma. She has endured headaches ever since.
They placed 3rd in the 2004 German national championships, but have not been
able to compete since, due to Mikkeline's struggles with illness and injury.
They were training in Canada this summer, with the intention of finally
competing internationally for Germany. However, due to her health, they are
not well prepared, and have decided to end their careers.
The head of the German federation was surprised by the announcement and
stated that he was not pleased that they gave up "without a fight."
Mikkeline (21) has really struggled with both illness and injury. I think
she has, in fact, put up a very good fight, and I can see why she might feel
enough is enough. Although it isn't clear from the article, I doubt Norman
will look for another partner; he is 26.
Mikkeline hasn't updated her journal at this fan site, but her entries do
talk about her struggles and show a real desire to skate. Sadly, it is not
I wish them well. They were a striking couple (sorry I never had a chance to see them skate).