Jenny Rissveds, both Olympic and Swedish Mountain Bike Champion, today has announced that she wants to fully recover and be 100% ready before racing again. Consequentially, the 23 year old Swede terminated her contract with her team, SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing. Jenny has been riding on SCOTT bikes since she started mountain biking and has been a member of the team since 2014. She has had plenty of success throughout the years, including winning the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, the U23 World Championships in 2016 and the U23 World Cup in 2015.
Jenny made her decision over the past week and informed Thomas Frischknecht, director of the SCOTT-SRAM team, who has accepted Jenny’s wishes and released her from her contract immediately.
After winning the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, Jenny Rissveds found herself in a completely new situation- one might say a new life entirely. A lot of things changed for her in a short period of time. Some things were positive, but some unfortunately were negative. Most notably the unfortunate situation of a disagreement with the Swedish Cycling Federation and losing both her grandfathers in a short period of time. As a result Jenny faced mental issues holding her back from racing for a good part of the 2017 race season. With the 2018 season starting soon, she has come to the conclusion that it is better for her to first fully recover and then think about a comeback as opposed to trying to fulfill obligations that she can’t keep up with. The result of this decision is a withdrawal from her contract with SCOTT-SRAM.
Even though we are deeply saddened by this outcome, the SCOTT-SRAM Team fully accepts and supports Jenny’s decision. The most important thing is that Jenny gets healthy again.
We wish Jenny the very best for the near and further future!