Amélie Goulet-Nadon withdraws from Bell Olympic short track trials

One of Canada’s best women’s medal hopes for the 2006 Olympic Games, Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, has withdrawn from the Bell Olympic short track trials scheduled for Saguenay, Québec, September 1-11, 2005.

“This decision was the result of a long thought process and I am now very much at ease with the outcome of my reflections. The stress surrounding such a competition would only be harmful to my recovery,” explained Ms. Goulet Nadon.

The skater’s withdrawal is due to a motor skills deficiency caused by the loss of a motor pattern, a condition that stress greatly aggravates. A motor pattern is a movement or series of movements that is acquired and assimilated until it becomes automatic. The problem crept up during the summer of 2004, when Goulet-Nadon, an excellent technician, sought to correct a small detail in her skating stroke that she was not satisfied with.”

“While trying to correct a tiny technical defect, I de-programmed a movement that had become as familiar to me as walking,” she added.

“After several physical examinations, we have determined that Amélie’s motor problem stemmed from her central nervous system,” said Alain Delorme, strength and conditioning consultant for the Canadian short track team.

“As a result, her return to training last year was punctuated by on-ice difficulties and the short-term agenda for the Olympic trials could have put her health in danger, given the challenges and the risks of falling that she faces at high speeds.”

Bruno Ouellette, sport psychologist for the National Short Track Speed Skating Team, explained the stress-to-rest ratio that is critical for the skater:

“Amélie is a fierce competitor who would have taken on the Olympic trials with a degree of stress that would have compromised her re-learning the motor pattern. She is a great athlete who has decided to take the rest needed for her well-being and that will allow her to continue her career if she so wishes,” he stated.

Vancouver 2010

Goulet-Nadon will not hanging up her skates just yet.

“I am still just as passionate about the sport and I continue to practice it with great pleasure. I am now aiming for Vancouver in 2010. I am in better physical condition than ever and, as soon as my technical problem is resolved, I am confident I will again become the athlete I was—perhaps even better!” said Ms. Goulet-Nadon.

“Speed Skating Canada will continue to support Amélie in her rehabilitation efforts and continues to support her in the same manner as all the other athletes on the National Short Track Team,” stated Jean R. Dupré, Director General.

Speed Skating Canada is the national governing body responsible for the advancement and growth of speed skating in Canada.