German pole vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum retires, plans hormone treatment

Updated: November 21, 2007, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

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 and 2002.

"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 "false conclusions."

"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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