Names In The News
German luge athlete DAVID MÖLLER "announced the end of his career." The 32-year-old, who won a Silver Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, said that he "wants to take on new career challenges and spend more time with his family." In addition to his Olympic Silver Medal, Möller "won four world championship titles" (SID, 4/21). ... JULIAN WILSON, "who was for many years synonymous with televised horse racing as the BBC's correspondent and main presenter," has died. He was 73 when he died on Sunday night "following a long battle with cancer." After a six-year spell with Mirror Group Newspapers, for whom his father, PETER WILSON, was a renowned sportswriter, Wilson won his role with the BBC in '66 and kept it until retiring at the end of '97 (London GUARDIAN, 4/21). ... BENJI MARSHALL is seeking a return to the National Rugby League, "negotiating for an immediate release from Super Rugby's Blues after struggling to adapt in his code switch." The former New Zealand rugby league Test skipper "has failed to make much impression in limited opportunities for the Auckland-based Blues in their eight Super Rugby games since his move from the NRL's Wests Tigers" (AAP, 4/21). ... New Zealand golfer LYDIA KO "apparently feels uncomfortable about the debate swirling around her" after New Zealand Golf applied for NZ$208,000 ($178,000) in high-performance funding in her name (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 4/21).