Former Olympic champion Elis Ligtlee gets back on his bike. The 27-year-old track cyclist spoke candidly in the morning show on Radio 538 about her problems that caused her to suddenly end her career three years ago. “Mentally I was exhausted.”
Ligtlee told her story to Wietze de Jager and Klaas van der Eerden in the section Here’s your bill, where listeners can ask for money for a special wish. The gold medal winner of the 2016 Games asked for a contribution for a bicycle trainer and subsequently won a prize.
The goal is really just a happier me. I think that’s the most important.
Ligtlee now wants to pick up the thread again, she announced on the radio this morning. ,,After the Games, I didn’t want to know anything about cycling anymore”, she confessed. “Mentally I was exhausted. I always had to fight with myself. I was done with that. I really didn’t want to touch the bike anymore. If you don’t have fun anymore, it won’t work anymore.”
During her career, Ligtlee struggled continuously with her weight. “I’ve always been a curvier woman. That’s been a struggle all my life. I couldn’t take that fight anymore. Now I want to slowly pick up cycling again because I also want to show the women with a larger size that you can also cycle as usual.”
The ex-track cyclist, who won gold on the keirin at the 2016 Games in Rio, was taunted last year after a TV appearance on the NOS. She analyzed the Olympic track tournament at the time. In addition to many positive comments, her appearance also resulted in quite a few negative reactions. Focused on her appearance. That touched her enormously, she told this site at the time.
Ligtlee does not aspire to make a comeback as a top athlete. ,,The goal is really just a happier me. I think that’s the most important. I can’t really look at myself in the mirror anymore. That fight will always be there. That’s the battle I want to win.”
The start is there for Ligtlee, because the bill of 774 euros that she sent in is paid by the radio station.
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