Olympic Speed Skating Medalist Justin Warsylewicz retires

Justin Warsylewicz

Regina, April 24, 2014 – 2006 Olympic silver medalist in the Men’s Long Track Speed Skating Team Pursuit event, Justin Warsylewicz, from Regina, SK, announced today that he’s putting an end to his career of almost 25 years.

After he started speed skating with his hometown Regina local club at four years old, Justin Warsylewicz moved to Calgary after he was done high school to train with the long track national team. In 2004, he became the all round champion at the World Junior Championships.

A heart irregularity made him miss the first part of the 2004-2005 season. After surgery for a catheter ablation, Justin returned to the ice a few weeks later to defend his national title. He still holds the 3000m and 5000m Junior Canadian records and the senior record for the Men’s Team Pursuit (2007) with Arne Dankers and Denny Morrison.

At the 2006 Olympic Games, Justin was part of the silver medal Men’s Team Pursuit  with Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Denny Morrison and Jason Parker, skating in the final to secure the medal. He also finished second in the same event at the 2007 World Single Distance Championships.

“I am very proud and grateful for what I have been able to accomplish over my career”, said Justin Warsylewicz. “For sure it was a disappointment not to reach my goal to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games even if I skated one of my best races in a long time at the trials. However, my Olympic medal and my World Junior Champion title will stay in my memory for a long time.”

“I would like to thank my wife and my family for their support”, he added. “I credit them for my success in skating. They have been a big part of my journey, through the good times and the bad. The sacrifices that they have made to enable me to reach my dreams are something I can never repay.”

“Also, Saskatchewan Speed Skating and its members have always been a huge source of support and I never would have been able to achieve Olympic success without them. All I can hope for is to be an inspiration to other Saskatchewan kids. I truly believe that if you put your mind to something, anything is attainable.”

Justin Warsylewicz, 28 and married to Olympian Brittany Schussler, will pursue his studies in kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

“On behalf of our Canadian Speed Skating community, I would like to thank and congratulate Justin Warsylewicz for his contribution to our sport throughout his career”, said Speed Skating Canada’s President, Marie-Claire Rouleau. “His contribution to the silver medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit event at the 2006 Olympic Games was special as it  marked a record medal total for Canada at the Games (12, including 8 in Long Track). Thank you very much Justin and we wish you best success in your next projects!”

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

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