Kalyna Roberge Returns to Speed Skating

Double Olympic medalist in short track speed skating Kalyna Roberge (St-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC), who took a year off training and competition following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in order to focus on her studies, announced today that she will be returning for the 2011-12 season.

The 24 year old skater took advantage of the last year to study in child care and education. Roberge also coached many young and promising skaters during this time.

“Speed skating had been such an important part of my life for 15 years, I needed to step back and dedicate myself to other aspects of my life,” she explained. “During that year off, I realised I was still passionate about my sport and I still had the will to get back to training and competing, keeping the option to maybe compete in a third edition of the Olympic Games, in 2014. However the Olympics are not my ultimate goal. This time around, I want to skate for the pleasure of it, without putting any pressure on myself. I want to get back to skating simply because it’s what I love to do.”

Roberge has been a leader within Canada’s women short track speed skating team over the four years that led to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Since that time, other skaters have taken up that role, including Marianne St-Gelais and Marie-Ève Drolet. The team was very successful this past season, and seeing Roberge come back is another great piece of news for Speed Skating Canada.

This month, the young skater will finish her school year in Québec City. After that she will join her teammates from the short track national and development teams for a high altitude training camp in Font Romeu, France. She will then spend the summer training at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal in order to be ready to compete in the Fall World Cup Selections competition in September. She will spend the Fall in Québec City in order to continue her studies while following a personalized training program.

“We are very happy that Kalyna is coming back with our team,” declared Yves Hamelin, Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track Program Director. “We have supported her decision to take a year off in order to focus on her personal life, and we are extremely happy that she decided to continue her speed skating career. Her athletic and technical abilities will definitely benefit the training group and we know for a fact that she will be back to her full potential shortly.”