Short Track speed skater Caroline Truchon announces her retirement

Short track speed skater Caroline Truchon from Saguenay, QC, who was a member of the National Team from 2010 to 2015, announced her retirement today.

The skater who will turn 27 in a few weeks represented Canada at the 2012 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Shanghai, China, as well as in 14 World Cups, including all six in each of the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. She won a total of five medals, including three silver and one bronze in the women’s relay events. She also earned her only individual World Cup medal in the 500m event at the race held in Montreal in the fall of 2012.

At the 2012 World Championships, she took fourth spot in the women’s relay with a team entirely comprised of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean representatives, including Valérie Maltais (La Baie, QC), Marie-Ève Drolet (Laterrière, QC) and Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC).

She also won two medals at the FISU Winter Universiade, including silver in the 500m event in December 2013 in Trentino, Italy, as well as a bronze medal in the women’s relay in Granada, Spain, last season.

“I had been thinking about it for a while now,” admitted Caroline Truchon. “I considered it for a long time and I think this is the best decision. I’m at that point in my career and I want to turn the page, as well as fully focus on my studies in International Relations and International Law at the Université du Québec à Montréal. I'm really enjoying it! I’m really interested in international law.”

“Caroline was a very combative and determined athlete,” said Women Short Track National Team coach Frédéric Blackburn. “She had a great tactical understanding and judgment during races, which allowed her to keep up with the best skaters in the world. Thanks for everything Caroline, and good luck with your future endeavours.”

"Caroline has had a long career where she showed all her courage and tenacity," said the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec's managing director, Robert Dubreuil. "Starting with the Comètes de Chicoutimi, where her father was a volunteer for many years, she was an Age Group Canadian Champion many times in the early 2000s."
 
"Caroline showed that by working with great determination, one can bounce back and accomplish many great things, as she had the best moments of her career between 2011 to 2013, after having some difficulties in earlier seasons. In 2012, she finished third overall at the Canadian Championships while winning a bronze medal in the 500m at the World Cup in Montreal. Congratulations Caroline for your long and brilliant career!"

A memorable competition at home, in Saguenay
Among her most memorable moments during her career, the World Cups in which she took part in Saguenay in 2011 and in Montreal in 2012 immediately come to mind.

“The World Cup held in Saguenay, at home and in front of my family, is definitively the event I will remember all my life,” she said. “The one in Montreal in 2012 is where I won my first individual medal at the senior international level. My two Universiades were also incredible experiences.”

Caroline Truchon wanted to thank some of the people who were with her throughout her career, including her teammates and her family.

“For sure, I would like to thank my parents for everything they've done for me since I started skating when I was about 4 years old. Without them, none of this would have been possible. I also want to thank all my teammates, who were my family for over ten years. I will definitively miss them a lot, but we will most certainly keep in touch. Finally, I would like to thank Speed Skating Canada’s staff for all their work in the past five years.”

Caroline Truchon will start the second year of her Université du Québec à Montréal degree in International Relations and International Law this fall, while working part time as a receptionist at the Institut national du sport du Québec, which will allow her “to keep a foot in the door of sport”.

More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
   
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