Mathieu Giroux officially announce his retirement from Speed Skating

Montreal, May 21, 2014 – Olympic Gold medalist in Long Track Speed Skating, Mathieu Giroux (Montreal, borough Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC), announced today his decision to retire.

“After 24 years dedicated to my career in speed skating, including 12 seasons on the National Team, I am retiring from top-level sport”, said Mathieu Giroux, 28. “I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished and the person I've become through all these years of training. I reached the highest peaks in my sport in both short and long track and I enjoyed the Olympic gold in Vancouver.”

“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s community, I would like to congratulate and thank Mathieu Giroux for all he did for the sport through his career”, added Speed Skating Canada’s President, Marie-Claire Rouleau. “I would also like to mention his passion and his tenacity which, despite the challenges and injuries, brought him to achieve his Olympic dream and to be part of the history with the gold medal quest in the Men’s Team Pursuit at the 2010 Olympic Games. Congratulations Mathieu and good luck for your next steps.”

Mathieu Giroux got introduced to speed skating at age 4 and started in short track competitions where he won two bronze medals at the 2003 Junior World Championships along with a bronze and a silver medals in 2005.

At the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, at age 23, an ankle injury brought him to long track where he immediately qualified for the World Cups. A few years later, he took part in the Olympic Games in Vancouver where he won a gold medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit event with Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison. He also competed in the 2014 Olympic Games in the 1500m, 5000m and Men’s Team Pursuit events.

“Elite sport has forged me and taught me so many lessons that will follow me all my life, including perseverance, surpass myself, stress management and self confidence which have been essential to my success. Sport will always be my number one cure for staying healthy. I will always be passionate about amateur sport and the Olympic spirit will be lit within me all my life. I hope that the magic of the Games can transform our country, gather and invite them to excel at all levels and, of course, inspire our youth to move and dream big.”

Mathieu Giroux also wanted to thank those who supported him through all those years.

“Thank you to my family for all their support throughout my journey and all there many sacrifices to be able to support me in my career; to all my sponsors and partners who have contributed to my Olympic adventure and allowed me to represent my country; to all my teammates, my coaches and the big family of speed skating that pushed me to my limits every day and properly structured my progress . Finally, thank you to all my friends for all your encouragement and kind words and your incomparable support through all these years.

Mathieu Giroux will continue his studies in Pharmacy at the University of Montreal.

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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Speed Skating Canada
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Jeff MacKinnon   
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Speed Skating Canada
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