Marie-Eve Drolet retires to focus on studies

Olympic bronze medallist Marie-Eve Drolet announced today that she was retiring from the national team and active competition to focus on her studies.

Drolet, of Saguenay, Quebec, took a sabbatical year from speed skating during 2002-2003 to focus on her studies and to reflect on her athletic career.

“It was a very difficult decision for me because I love to skate,” stated Drolet. “I had been thinking a lot about it during the past months. Even if I’m certain that this is the right decision, I’m still leaving with a heavy heart.

I reached my career goals (to compete in a World Championship and an Olympic Games) in speed skating, it’s now time for me to strive for another goal - to pursue my studies in psychology.”

“Marie-Eve’s determination and perseverance have been two of her many attributes throughout her career”, declared Jean Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada.

“Even following her severe accident in 2000, when she suffered a fractured vertebrae, she persevered and returned to competition winning the 2001 World Junior Championship.

Through her actions she showed us how perseverance can be an important quality when trying to attain your goals. It is these qualities that will serve her well as she strives for her professional goals.”

Marie-Eve, burst on the Canadian and international scene in 1999 when she was selected to the senior national team for the first time. That year she was the trop ranked Canadian, placed first overall at the Canada Winter Games and finished fourth overall at the World Junior Championships.

During her brief career with the national team, Marie-Eve won two World Junior Championships, two Canadian Championships and several medals on the world cup circuit.

“It is difficult for us to see her leave the sport following such a short international career,” declared Dupré. “She will remain an inspiration and role-model for many young skaters in Quebec.”

Marie-Eve will now focus her attention on completing her studies in psychology at l'Université de Montréal.