After 125 international matches, 101 goals, six Adults’ World Floorball Championships and one U19 WFC, five bronze and one silver medal, the Swiss national team forward Michelle Wiki has decided to end her playing career.
According to the press release from Swiss Floorball Association, Wiki has been thinking hard about retiring for the last five months. She kept herself fit during the summer break so she would have been ready if she had decided to continue playing. Various pieces of the puzzle have led to Wiki’s decision to retire from floorball. One reason was the double burden of job and sport:
— I demand of myself that I put a lot of energy into the sport and want to perform as well as I always have during my career. I realised that I have to admit to myself that the energy for both is not quite there as it was in the last few years and I don’t want to do things halfway, says Wiki.
In 2006 Wiki represented Switzerland at the U19 World Floorball Championships in Naunhof and Leipzig, Germany. From that event she also earned her first WFC medal when Switzerland took home the third place. In 2007, the then barely 17-year-old joined the NLA team UHC Dietlikon from FB Riders. She experienced an unforgettable moment a year later when they won the Champions Cup and were victorious against two Swedish teams, among others. The 32-year-old played twelve seasons for UHC Dietlikon and Kloten-Dietlikon Jets, respectively, and made a detour to Sweden every now and then: in 2013/14 to Uppsala, in 2016/2017 to KAIS Mora and in her last season in 2021/22 to IK Sirius and thus back to Uppsala. With her goals and assists, she helped her teams to numerous victories, became the league’s top scorer three times and celebrated five championship and five Cup titles with the Zurich team. She was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2015/16 and in her last season with the Jets in 2020/21. She said her most memorable moments were the 2019 Swiss championship and Swiss Cup titles, when they won after a come-from-behind performance.
Unforgettable semi-final for the Swiss team at WFC 2019. Photo by Fabrice Duc
Unforgettable winning goal at the home WFC 2019
Wiki was also an important goal scorer for the Swiss national team. In total, she scored 151 points (101 goals, 50 assists) in 125 international matches. The goals in the semi-final of the 2019 World Floorball Championships on home soil were particularly important. Wiki was a key player in what we all remember as the miracle of Neuchâtel, the comeback in the semi-final against Czech Republic. Wiki scored the equaliser and the winning goal in extra time. But it was not just this game that was unique, she said, but the whole week in Neuchâtel.
— The team dynamics were extraordinary. I played with almost two thirds of the players in the national team for ten …….