Brittany Schussler announces her retirement from speed skating

Winnipeg, July 8, 2014 – Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler, who represented Canada at three Olympic Games, announced today she is retiring from long track speed skating.

The 29-year-old has competed internationally for 13 seasons and this past year was named Speed Skating Canada’s top female long track skater. She made the announcement today on her website, www.brittanyschussler.com.

“Competing with Canada written on my skin suit has been the biggest honour I could ever ask for, and something that I have never taken for granted,” said Schussler, who took up the sport at the age of seven.

“I could not be more proud to be Canadian, and that was never more true than at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The energy and support of the crowd that I felt in my first Olympic race, the 1000m, is perhaps my favorite moment of my entire career.”

Speed Skating Canada president Jim Allison, congratulated Schussler and thanked her for what she has brought to the sport during her career.

“The devotion and passion she brought to the sport helped to promote speed skating and values promoted by our sport not only on the ice, but also outside the rink”, he said.

“Congratulations Brittany and good luck for your next steps.”

Schussler represented Canada at three Olympic Games. In Vancouver in 2010, she took the fifth place in the Team Pursuit event, 25th in the 1000m and 35th in the 1500m. In Sochi in 2014, she was fifth again in the Team Pursuit event, 19th in the 3000m, 26th in the 1500m and 30th in the 1000m. She also went at the 2006 Olympic Games as an alternate for the 500m and team pursuit events.

Schussler also won two titles in the team pursuit event at the World Championships and 22 World Cup medals overall. She was part of team pursuit squads that won world titles at the 2009 and 2011 World Single Distance Long Track Championships, adding silver in 2008 and 2012; and nine World Cup races, to go with five silver and a bronze.

Individually she won one World Cup silver and five bronze medals in her specialty the 1500m, and a bronze in the 3000m. Her final medal was a bronze in the 1500m Nov. 30, 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Schussler is part of the current team pursuit world record holding Canadian trio that set the world best with a two minute, 55.79 second (2:55.79) skate at Calgary’s Olympic Oval on Dec. 6, 2009.

Off the ice, Schussler has been very involved promoting the sport and working with children through Clean Air Champions and Classroom Champions while studying communications at the University of Calgary.

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 13,000 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 sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Jeff MacKinnon   
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Speed Skating Canada
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Speed Skating Canada
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