Marie-Ève Drolet announces her retirement from speed skating

Montreal, June 22, 2017 – Two-time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating Marie-Ève Drolet, of Saguenay, QC, announced today that she is retiring.

Drolet, who is now 35 years of age, returned on the international scene last year after giving birth to her first child in January of 2015. Over the 2016-2017 season, Drolet skated in five World Cup stages, winning two bronze medals along the way, and took part in the World Championships, where she finished 10th in overall standings.

“With each experience and challenge I've gone through during my career, my goal was always to prove that nothing is impossible and to try not to listen to the people who said otherwise,” said Marie-Ève Drolet. “That's what I've tried to do throughout my career, but now the time has come to retire from the sport for good.”

“It would be hard to explain all the reasons that led me to this decision, but I've come to realize that I had to make a choice between my athletic career and my family life. Over the years, a lot of things have changed: the sport itself and, at a more personal level, my family life and my priorities, as well as my ability to adapt to these new realities. As a mother now, I'm sure I will be proud and will not regret having made the choice to fully take care of my family,” said the athlete who won a bronze medal in the women's relay at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and a silver medal in the same event at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada members, I would like to congratulate Marie-Ève Drolet not only for her career, but also for her resilience,” said Speed Skating Canada President Cathy Priestner Allinger. “The successful returns to competition that Marie-Ève has made over her career, most recently after starting a family, are phenomenal and will stay in the memories of Canadians. Congratulations once again and thank you!”

“From our first Olympic Games together in 2002, I have watched Marie-Ève grow into the amazing international skater and person she is today”, said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Susan Auch. “Thank you for all the years you gave to this sport as an athlete. You will always be a part of the Speed Skating Canada’s family.”

Marie-Ève Drolet won a total of 36 medals in international competitions over her senior career – two at the Olympic Games, six in short track World Championships, 26 on the World Cup circuit and two at the World Championships by team.

She also had a phenomenal career in the junior ranks, as she won 10 medals over four World Junior Championships, in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. She was crowned World Junior Champion after finishing first in overall standings in her last two outings at that competition and was named Female Athlete of the Year in short track by Speed Skating Canada in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
 
This is the second time Marie-Ève Drolet is retiring, as she hung up her skates for the first time following the 2002 Olympics and subsequently returned in time for the trials ahead of the Vancouver Games.

“Taking part in the Sochi Olympics and winning a medal in the relay with the girls has been my reward for all the efforts and sacrifices I made,” said Marie-Ève Drolet. “I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches, Speed Skating Canada as well as the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec and Équipe Québec.”

“I would like to thank my spouse Corey because without him, none of this would have materialized. I thank him with all my heart for his support over the last 10 years.”

“I would also like to thank the Chicoutimi Comètes and Victoria speed skating clubs, the cities of Saguenay (Chicoutimi and Laterrière) and Thunder Bay, who were my first supporters, as well as Calgary's Olympic Oval and Yves Hamelin for having helped me so much when I returned to competitive skating, in addition to all the support staff who are now with the short track national team.”

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at  www.speedskating.ca.

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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.

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