She holds every record in German women’s handball, but now the career of Grit Jurack, who has been playing for Danish side Viborg HK since 2004, has come to a sudden end.
The 34-year-old three-time winner of the EHF Champions League resigns due to a shoulder injury.
After 20 years of professional handball the mother of two-year-old Lukas now has to look for new challenges – but before Jurack will play one last match when she bids farewell to the fans in a test match between the German national team and the Czech Republic on October 7 in her hometown Leipzig.
It will be her 306th cap for Germany. In June 2009 she became the record holder when she surpassed Michaela Erler (285 caps).
In German handball only three male players have more international matches than Jurack: Frank-Michael Wahl (344), Klaus-Dieter Petersen (340) and Christian Schwarzer (319).
The number of goals she scored in the national team since her debut in 1996 is even more impressive: 1579, which means an average of 5,17 goals per match. Second ranked Kathrin Mietzner is almost 500 goals behind her with 1095.
But while she won every title possible on a club level, Jurack’s career in the national team remains to look unfinished despite participating at six world championships and seven EHF EURO events.
The only medals she won were two bronze, one at the 1997 world championships, one at the 2007 world championships when she also became the tournament's top scorer.
She never won a medal at EHF EURO events, only reaching the semi-final in 2006 and 2008.
Twice she participated with Germany at Olympic Games (1996 and 2008) – and after failing to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games she put an end to her international career in March 2012 but intended to continue playing for Viborg HK team until 2013.
Five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008) Jurack was awarded German female Handball Player of the Year, in 2009 she was nominated for the World Handball Player of the Year award.
Twice she won the German championship and the national cup with her hometown team HC Leipzig. With Viborg she became Danish champion and national cup winner four times each.
In 2006 Jurack became the first German player to win the Women's EHF Champions League.
In 2009, when she also was the Champions League's top scorer, and 2010, only three months after she had given birth to son Lukas, the right back raised the major trophy of European club handball twice more.
Viborg was the second Danish side she played for after Jurack had been with Ikast Bording from 2001 to 2003, becoming EHF Cup champion in 2002.
Read the interview with Grit Jurack about her career and her future plans on eurohandball.com