2014 Olympian Long Track speed skater William Dutton set to retire

Long track speed skater William Dutton, who represented Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games, announced his retirement today.
   
A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, William Dutton took part in the 500m and 1000m events at the 2014 Olympic Games, where he respectively ranked 14th and 26th.

He also took part in the 2014 World Sprint Championships, where he finished seventh overall following fifth and eleventh places in the 500m, and fourth and eighth positions in the 1000m.

In 2009, he was also in action during the World Junior Championships, where he finished 7th in the 500m.

“Speed Skating has been an incredible journey and I am so happy that I decided to dedicate my time to it,” said Dutton. “All of my hard work was met with many rewards and opportunities I never imagined I would experience in life.”

“But I decided to retire so I could pursue the many other things I would like to try in life. I have many other things calling me and I want to try as many of them as I can while I can.

“I want to thank my country for making this all possible. It was an honour to represent Canada!”

“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s community, I would like to congratulate and thank William Dutton for what he brought to our sport through his career”, said Speed Skating Canada’s President, Jim Allison. “He was a great representative of Canadian speed skating not only in the country, but also on the international scale. Congratulations William and good luck for your next endeavours.”

Many good memories
Among his best memories in the sport are those from training camps and resulting from the support of his family.

“One thing I will never forget is watching videos of my races and hearing my papa Bill, my mom and my dad cheering me on,” said Dutton. “I can hear their voices as clear as a bell and it is something I can cherish for the rest of my life.  The support from family and friends over the years is really what made it possible for me to skate at the Olympics in Sochi. Thinking back makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!”

He also wanted to thank his friends and many coaches he worked with throughout his career.

“I know I wouldn’t have gotten very far without Calgary’s Olympic Oval coach Crispin Parkinson. He was really someone who helped me take my skating to the next level.  Without him kicking me in the behind, I bet I would have been a “speed skating drop out” within a couple of years.

“My first national team coach Mike Crowe also helped me find my speed and really helped me tap into my inner sprinter. He was one for life lessons, gathering a better understanding of yourself and improving your skating from all angles.”

“Finally, the man who helped me focus my love for the sport and helped me learn to love pain was the coach for Team CBA, a professional team from Norway, Peter Mueller. He was one of the biggest factors in me making the Olympics. He gave me the shot of a lifetime, all based on the word of my friend Tyler Derraugh. With Peter, I learned that no matter how I feel, there is always a little bit more in the tank. You just have to be willing to push through the pain. I think that is a lesson I can carry into all aspects of my life.”

William Dutton is now looking forward to becoming a journeyman carpenter and, starting in August, he plans to attend Lake Land Fire Fighting College, while playing rugby with the Calgary Hornets.

“The ultimate dream for me down the road is running a successful pond building company.  I hope to be building waterfalls and babbling brooks, leading to fish filled ponds, for customers as passionate as I!”

Last winter, William also started competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice competitions. He competed in five of the seven stops and took the 39th spot overall among 255 listed participants.

“I hope I can continue racing downhill on my hockey skates as a contestant in Red Bull Crashed Ice,” he added. “Staying active is definitely one of my top priorities!

“A word of advice for the kids: become an athlete in whatever sport you can!”

More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
   
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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