Kalyna Roberge Takes a Break from Speed Skating

Double Olympic medalist in short track speed skating Kalyna Roberge (St-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC) announced today that she will be taking a year off from the sport in order to focus on her studies and personal life.

The 23 year old skater was originally planning on continuing her training closer to her hometown this season while going to school, but after a few months of training, she has decided to take a complete break from the sport.

“Speed skating has been such an important part of my life for the past 15 years that I feel I need to step back and dedicate myself to other aspects of my life before figuring out what I want to do in the future,” explained the young skater, who has been a leader of Canada’s women’s short track national team for the last four years. With two Olympic medals (silver in the relay in Torino and Vancouver), as well as numerous World Championships and World Cup medals in her pocket, she has been one of the top skaters in the World for many years.

Roberge will be a full time student as of this September, taking a complete break for the rest of the speed skating season. This will allow her to step back from her skating career and she will reevaluate her plans next spring. She will study in a youth education college program at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy. The time away from the rink will also allow the young skater to realise a long time dream of hers, building a house on the piece of land she purchased in the suburbs of Québec city.

“We are totally comfortable with Kalyna’s decision to take a year away from skating,” said Short Track Program Director Yves Hamelin. “The post-Olympic year is a good timing to do such a thing, and we know Kalyna was looking forward to taking some time for herself. She progressed very fast in speed skating at a young age, so it’s normal that she needs to take a step back and reflect on where she’s at and where she wants to go from here on.”