BERLIN -- German pole vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum retired
Wednesday, saying she long felt she lived in a man's body and plans
to begin hormone treatment.
Buschbaum finished third at the European Championships in 1998
"I feel as if I am a man and have to live my life in the body
of a woman," Buschbaum said on her Web site. "I am aware of the
fact that transsexuality is a fringe issue, and I do not want to be
responsible for it remaining on the fringe."
Buschbaum asked people to respect her decision and not draw
"I do not dope," she said, adding that a persistent injury and
her upcoming hormone treatment contributed to her decision to quit.
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