Olympian Kim Weger Hangs up her Skates

Following a successful 8-year career on Speed Skating Canada’s long track National Team, Olympian Kim Weger (Regina, SK) decided to retire from competitive speed skating and focus on other aspects of her life.

Weger, who recently turned twenty-nine years old, spent the majority of her life skating, taking part in her first international events in the 2000-01 season. Ever since, she has been one of Canada’s top sprinters, consistently ranking in the top-3 in Canada for the 500m. She was a member of Canada’s Olympic Team who competed in Torino in 2006, placing 26th in the 500m. She also represented Canada in numerous World Cup and World Championship events over the last 8 years.

On behalf of Speed Skating Canada, the organization’s High Performance and Olympic Program Director, Brian Rahill, said: “Kim’s positive attitude and energy will be missed within our team. She has been a member of our program for many years now, also serving as athlete representative on our High Performance Long Track Committee for several years. She always worked hard on and off the ice, where she was a great example for the younger athletes. ”

While training at the Calgary Olympic Oval, Kim Weger was also studying political science at the University of Calgary. She is currently working on her Master’s degree and is hoping to follow with a PhD in order to become a professor in political science. Now that she made her retirement from speed skating official, she is planning a trip to Ghana this Fall in order to do research for her Masters thesis.

With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games just around the corner, Kim Weger weighed all her options before making the decision to retire. In the end, she felt it was the right time to focus on her studies.

“I want to thank Speed Skating Canada, its precious sponsors and partners and the Calgary Olympic Oval for their support over the years,” said Weger. “I have made many great friends within the organization and look forward to stay involved with the sport at different levels over the years to come.” This should not be a problem, as her long-time partner Jeremy Wotherspoon should be in action in Vancouver, hoping to add Olympic gold to his long list of speed skating achievements.

“I would also like to thank Sport Canada for all their support,” continued the athlete. “It would have been very difficult to compete at such a high level without their financial support. Most importantly, thanks to all of my coaches over the years: Mark Greenwald, Moira D’Andrea, Sean Ireland, Kevin Crocket and Mark Wild, who all had a great impact on my career. Finally, thanks to my family for their support.”

Weger is leaving the competitive speed skating world with great memories of training, travelling and competing with fellow teammates, and she will definitely be around to cheer them on during their quest for excellence.

Speed Skating Canada joins Kim’s former teammates to thank her for her exceptional contribution throughout the years and to wish her the best for the years to come.