Vincent Cournoyer announces his retirement from speed skating

Boucherville, September 15, 2014 – Vincent Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, announced today he is retiring from short track speed skating.
 
The 25-year-old took part in the Winter Universiade in 2011 in Turkey and in 2013 in Italy where he won two silver medals in the men's relay event. At the 2014 Olympic Trials, he finished 7th in the overall ranking. He also represented Canada at the ISU Short Track World Cups #5 and #6 in 2013 and at the Short Track World Junior Championships in 2008.
 
Cournoyer began full time studies a few weeks ago in electrical engineering at the École de technologie supérieure (E.T.S.) in Montreal.
 
“After a long reflection, I have decided to put an end to my career and focus on my schooling on a full time basis”, he said.
 
“I would like to thank all my training partners that I worked with during my career and my parents who contributed a lot to my speed skating career. I thank the speed skating community and I will continue to follow the sport closely, including the performances of my brother Charle.”
 
“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s community, I would like to congratulate and thank Vincent for his contribution to the sport in the country”, said Speed Skating Canada’s President Jim Allison. “Good luck in your next steps and hopefully we will see you at the rink soon!”

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SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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