Susan Auch begins a new career

In a press conference held at the Olympic Oval on Monday, December 9, 2002, Susan Auch announced she is leaving the world of competitive speed skating after 14 years on the Canadian National Long Track Speed Skating Team, and three on the short track team. Susan is one of only three women to skate the 500 metre event in under 39 seconds prior to the use of klap skates.

Susan’s speed skating career boasts many incredible achievements as an athlete. She competed in five Olympic Games, winning two silver medals in the 500m event (1994 and 1998), and a bronze in 1988 in the 3000m short track relay event. In 1995 and 1998, she placed second in the 500m distance at the World Sprint Championships and at the World Cup overall. From 1995 to 1998, Susan consistently finished top three at the World Cup.

Susan left speed skating after the Nagano Olympics but returned after only eighteen months off the ice.

"A lot of people speculated I came back to skating because I'd never won a gold medal at the Olympics. I never came back to win an Olympic gold medal. I came back because I missed racing."

She came back strong to finish sixth in the 500m at the 2000 World Single Distance Championships. In 2001, she finished fifth in the 500m at the World Sprint Championships.

"I thought about skating one more year," she said. "I went on the ice a few times in September and just wasn't motivated to be the best any more. I think it coincides with not being sure I can be the best and thinking my best years are past me and not really needing to skate any more."

After receiving her real estate license this summer, Susan has joined Re/max alongside seventeen-year veteran Sano Stante and has already sold her first house. She will also continue her work as a motivational speaker, promoting the advancement of girls women in sport, as well as to encouraging all youth to participate in sport.

Susan remains on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and is the spokesperson for it’s new initiative called ‘VIEWS’. Susan has also made plans to do television commentating with CTV and CBC. And of course, Susan will always skate for fun, and hopefully work with children as they learn to speed skate.

With such a full life, it is not surprising that Susan says, “"I don't have any regrets.”

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