Short track speed skater William Preudhomme announces his retirement

Montreal, June 29, 2018 – Short track speed skater William Preudhomme from Toronto has announced his retirement.

William Preudhomme, age 24, took part in a total of five ISU World Cup stages, over which he won one medal, i.e. a bronze in the 500m at his first-ever World Cup, held in Shanghai in the fall of 2014. He also represented Canada on the international scene at the 2013 ISU World Junior Championships, where he won a silver medal in the men’s relay with Yoan Gauthier, David Goulet and Sasha Fathoullin, as well as at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. He also competed at the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Selections.

Among Preudhomme's fondest memories are the ISU World Junior Championships in Warsaw, Poland, where he won a silver medal in the relay.

“It was my first international competition and I only skated the relay, but was able to help the team win a silver medal,” he pointed out. “Even now, this medal is the most recent one won by a Canadian junior men's team. That competition, though, really sparked my drive to be the best and to continue to qualify for the Canadian team, because it's an amazing feeling to wear the maple leaf.”

Preudhomme will also remember his first World Cups in Asia.

“The trip itself was unforgettable, from the incredible hotel with the best food I've ever eaten, to the crazy Korean fans who will do anything to get a picture with you or get an autograph,” he said. “At the Shanghai competition, I won my first and only individual medal internationally, a bronze in the 500m. That was one of my proudest moments in sports, for sure.”

Preudhomme also thanked the people who contributed the most to his success on his path towards the national team.

“My first coach back in Toronto, Will Wallace, always believed in me and encouraged me as a young skater,” he said. “Since I've moved away from Toronto, I've had multiple coaches who were all very important to my growth and success.”

“I'd also like to thank my teammates, who have helped me a lot throughout my career, from back in Ontario and from Sherbrooke, and also of course my teammates at the National Training Centre, who have been like family for me since I've moved to Montreal five years ago.”

“Finally, I'd like to thank my parents and girlfriend, who have always been there to push me to be my best. They have always been behind me, even when I wasn't at my best, and they have been unconditionally supportive.”

William Preudhomme decided to retire after suffering concussions.

“Everytime, I was able to come back and perform at my best, but my body and head got more and more fragile,” he explained. “It was time for me to retire. It was tough, but it was the smart decision to make. Still, I've been so fortunate to have been followed by great doctors and concussion specialists.”

William Preudhomme is finishing is Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Concordia University, while travelling and growing his transportation business of goods, furniture, antiques, paintings and other valuables through North America.
 
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